The Zimbabwean authorities counted more than 116,000 people on Monday who have been detained since March for violating the restrictions imposed on the spread of the coronavirus, including detention.
Police spokesman Paul Nyathi has detailed that the number of detainees increases to 116,047, including 1,362 during Saturday’s day, and is primarily a crime related to skipping the curfew, wearing a mask, or buying alcohol . something that has been banned in the country.
The capital Harare was also said to be the city where most of the arrests were made, at around 25,000, followed by Manicaland at more than 22,000 and Bulawayo at more than 16,000, according to Zimbabwean newspaper The Herald.
The United Nations denounced on Friday that the Zimbabwean authorities could use the coronavirus epidemic as a “pretext to restrict freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly and association” in the country.
Zimbabwe has so far registered 2,512 coronavirus cases and 34 deaths from the disease, according to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), which report to the African Union (AU).