Coronavirus update: Zimbabwe still safe from the virus

The Ministry of Health and Child care says there is no case of coronavirus in the country and the country still remains safe for travellers. In a statement released this Tuesday, the ministry said screening is continuing at all the country’s ports of entry.
“All travellers from China and other 2019-nCoV are being screened, currently 266 people are being monitored after entering the country from China and other 2019-nCoV reporting countries,” read the statement.
An outbreak of coronavirus has hit China and as of this Monday, 425 people had died from the disease while overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland had reached 20 438. 2 788 patients are reported to be in severe condition and 23 214 people were suspected of being infected with the virus.
On Tuesday, three more Asian countries – Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand confirmed infections among citizens who had not travelled to China. The new coronavirus causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually start with a fever, followed by a dry cough.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care highlighted that it continues to encourage those who had planned to travel to China for non-essential purposes to defer their visit where possible until the outbreak has been declared over.
The ministry noted that they are on high alert in the event that the virus is detected in Zimbabwe.
“In the event that there has been a suspected case in Zimbabwe, the government has secured places of quarantine and is mobilising medicines for the treatment of the disease at designated places across the country by trained personnel,” said the statement.
The minister of health and child care, Dr Obediah Moyo, his deputy and the Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control, Dr Portia Manangazira have visited the Robert Mugabe and Victoria Falls International Airports to assess their preparedness.
The ministry further noted that all provinces and city health departments are on high alert and the public is being reassured that the national response mechanism has been activated for effective detection and management of any possible cases.
“The ministry of health and child care would like to advise the public to ignore messages from unofficial sources circulating on social media. The public is encouraged to continue taking preventative measures against the disease, report any arrivals from China and other 2019-nCoV reporting countries to get assistance,” the statement read.