Publication of Zimpapers tabloid newspapers, H Metro and B Metro has been suspended until further notice.

Kwayedza, Suburban (Harare) and uMthunywa have also been put on ice. Zimpapers said this was part of measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus.

The majority of the publishing firm’s staff has been asked to work from home while others have gone on leave. Critical staff will continue operating from the main centres in Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Kariba, as well as its bureaux spread across the country.

The Herald, The Sunday Mail, Chronicle, Sunday News and The Manica Post, will continue to be published but will also carry reports and educational messages on the virus in local languages.

The four radio stations have been told to scale back on programmes. They will have to share live programmes and pre-record sponsored shows to help decongest studios.

Zimpapers owns or operates Star FM and Capitalk in Harare, Nyaminyami in Kariba and Diamond FM in Mutare.

Over 50 percent of the workforce at Zimbabwe Television Network (ZTN) has been asked to either work from home or take their leave days.