Covid-19 Update: Govt to intensify spot checks

By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT is set to intensify spot checks on travellers to Zimbabwe who visited China and other Coronavirus affected countries to ensure they do not violate self-quarantine conditions set by the government.
This was revealed by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa this Wednesday during a post-cabinet briefing in Harare.
“Following reports that some people from affected countries were violating self quarantine conditions set by government. Cabinet approved that the Ministry of Health and Child Care should intensify spot checks and enforce immediate detention of anyone who violates the said regulations,” she said.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Obadiah Moyo gave an update on the country’s preparedness and response progress regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus.
“As of 23 February, a total of 4 589 travellers have been screened at our air and ground ports of entry. A suspected case which was admitted at Wilkins Infectious Disease hospital was discharged on 20 February 2020 after testing negative for the virus. She is now at home and we will continue on the 21day followup and surveillance before her self quarantine can be lifted, said Dr Moyo.
He also indicated that his ministry continues to follow up travellers to Zimbabwe who visited China and other affected countries guided by the WHO Risk Assessment Tool.