Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE: 21 MARCH 2020

The National Microbiology Reference Laboratory at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital confirmed a second case of COVID-19. More details to follow.
As of the 20th March 2020, 234 073 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 9 840 deaths have been reported from more than 160 countries globally.
‘The Ministry would like to advise the nation of another probable case of COVID-19.
This patient is an adult male who travelled to South Korea on the 2nd November 2019.
On the 17th January 2020, he travelled to New York before coming back to
Zimbabwe on the 22nd February 2020. After arrival in Zimbabwe, he went to
Tanzania on the 24th February and returned on the 29th February 2020. He developed symptoms (cough, fever) on the 16th March 2020 and consulted with his GP who advised him to self-isolate at home.
‘The GP alerted the local COVID-19 Rapid Response Team that immediately went to assess him and recommended that he continues with the self-isolation at home. Specimens were collected and sent to the Reference lab for testing. Test results from the NMRL were inconclusive for COVID-19,’ read the statement.
The Ministry said they will be sending the samples to NICD in South Africa for confirmatory testing and the Ministry remains on high alert to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ministry reminded everyone to avoid unnecessary travels to and from countries with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and advised travellers to practice good personal hygiene.
‘Wash hands with soap and water frequently or use an alcohol-based hand-rub, Cover your nose and mouth with tissue paper or flexed elbow when coughing and sneezing.Follow proper food hygiene practices. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, coughing or sneezing,’ said the Ministry statement.
‘If you suspect COVID-19 disease, or wish to obtain more information on this disease, you are advised to call the following Ministry of Health and Child Care TOLLFREE HOTLINE numbers for assistance: +263714 734 593 or +263774 112 531.