BREAKING: Coronavirus forces government to shut down Victoria Falls with immediate effect

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The Victoria Falls shared between Zambia and Zimbabwe has been closed to the public on the Zambian side as the global struggles to cope with the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Zambia’s National Heritage Conservation Commission has confirmed in a statement issued today.

In a letter addressed to Livingstone Tourism Association, Commission Regional Director, Oliver Kandyata, explains that the falls has been closed until further notice.

The letter, seen by Zambia News 24,  is titled “Closure of the Mosi-Oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls World Heritage site to the public”.

It reads: “Reference is made to the above captioned matter. We write to inform your good office that the Victoria Falls World Heritage Site has been closed to the public with immediate effect; today 30th March 2020.”

“The decision to close the site has been necessitated by the issue of COVID-19 so that the public strictly adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines with regards to the control of the disease. The site has closed indefinitely until further notice,” reads the letter which was signed by the National heritage Conversation Commission’s regional director, Mr Oliver Kandyata.


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