The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is planning to hold a rally at the Gwanzura Stadium in the capital Harare on Saturday, October 27, to celebrate the party's 19th anniversary. The celebration comes amid a current ban on gatherings in the capital aimed at containing the spread of an ongoing cholera outbreak. The MDC anniversary celebration has already been postponed twice due to the ban and its leaders have said it will go ahead on October 27, as other gatherings have been allowed to be held in the capital. A heightened security presence is likely around the stadium and clashes between protesters and police are possible.
An ongoing cholera outbreak in Harare and several other cities left at least 54 people dead between September 7 and October 12. According to health officials, at least 9116 suspected cases, including 228 confirmed cases, have been reported throughout the country, with over 96 percent of cases reported in Harare.
Individuals in Zimbabwe are advised to avoid all gatherings due to the risk of violence and closely monitor developments to the situation.
To reduce the risk of contracting cholera, wash hands regularly, drink only bottled or purified water, and avoid eating raw or undercooked foods. Individuals who believe they may have contracted cholera should seek immediate medical attention.
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