Zimbabwe February inflation at 321.59% y/y – Zimstats

Zimbabwe’s inflation rate stood at 321.59% year-on-year in February compared to 362.63% the previous month, national statistics agency Zimstats said on Thursday. On a month-on-month basis, prices increased by 3.45% compared to 5.43% during the same period. The central bank has forecast annual inflation will end the year below 10%, which economic analysts say is too optimistic. Source: Reuters Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Promit Mukherjee

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Coronavirus: Seven Zimbabwe babies stillborn in one night at hospital

Seven babies were born Stillborn at Harare Central Hospital in Zimbabwe on Monday night after urgent treatment was delayed because of staffing issues, two doctors have confirmed to the BBC. Nurses are on strike nationwide because of a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other concerns, and the maternity wards were overwhelmed. One doctor said Monday’s deaths were “the tip of the iceberg”. The health sector has recently been hit by a Covid-19 procurement scandal. It is alleged…

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Empty streets on day one of Zimbabwe lockdown’

Zimbabwe’s police force including riot police were out in full force patrolling the streets and stopping vehicles and people on the streets to check whether they had authority to be out in public. Zimbabweans have largely stayed home. The streets are quiet. Market stalls in Mbare – the heart of the informal sector – have stood empty. One man who mostly washes cars for a living told me he is already struggling to feed his family. The government should…

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Cheap as bread, girls sell sex to survive crisis in Africa

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Young girls in southern Africa are selling sex – sometimes for less than the cost of bread – to survive a hunger crisis ensnaring tens of millions, aid agencies said on Thursday. In Angola, girls of 12 sell themselves for as little as 40 cents to feed their families as the south of the country faces its worst drought in four decades, World Vision said. The United Nations says a record 45 million people…

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A backyard farm defies Zimbabwe’s drought

In a backyard in Zimbabwe’s capital, a 50-year-old mother of two is using hydroponics to grow vegetables for some of Harare’s top restaurants, defying drought and an economic crisis that have left millions needing food aid. Venensia Mukarati, whose day job is an accountant, always had a passion for farming, but no land on which to plant. Just over two years ago she did a web search on how to grow vegetables on the deck of her Harare house,…

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