Police in Zimbabwe have broken up a march by nurses and doctors in the capital, Harare, angered at the worsening cholera outbreak. Witnesses say officers used batons to disperse and beat up the small band of about 20 health workers.

Correspondents say there was no sign of trade union protest called over the deepening banking crisis. The defence minister has said soldiers who rioted earlier this week over cash shortages will be arrested.

On Monday, dozens of troops ran amok in Harare after losing their temper while queuing up to withdraw cash. Because of a national cash shortage, Zimbabweans can only withdraw small amounts of money every day – often barely enough to buy a loaf of bread.

The cholera outbreak has killed at least 484 people since August and more than 11,700 cases of cholera have been recorded over the same period, the UN says.

Its spread has been aided by the collapse of Zimbabwe’s health and sanitation systems amid a prolonged economic and political crisis.

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