By ZBC Reporter
WORLD Health Organisation Zimbabwe Country Director, Dr. Alex Gasasira has said they are working closely with the Zimbabwean Government to monitor the situation in Zimbabwe following the declaration of the Coronavirus as an international health emergency by WHO this Thursday.
“We are happy that the government of Zimbabwe has already instituted the measures that WHO recommended because as long as this outbreak continues every country is at risk of importing the virus or experiencing this outbreak,” said Dr. Gasasira.
Currently, Zimbabwe remains safe as there have not been any registered cases of the virus.
The Wuhan coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV – first discovered in Wuhan, central China, on December 31, 2019, has spread so far that it is close to becoming a global pandemic.
As of January 31, the death toll in China stood at over 200, with over 9 000 confirmed cases of infections. In the past week, the number of confirmed infections has more than tripled and cases have been found in all Chinese provinces, as well as the municipalities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, and Tianjin. The situation is so serious that Chinese authorities have constructed a new 1,000-bed coronavirus hospital close to Wuhan in just 48 hours.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people and are commonly spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact as well as touching an infected surface.
Symptoms include running nose, headache, sore throat, fever, short breaths or difficulties in breathing among others.
The global health organisation has put in place a worldwide coordinated system to contain the spread of the virus.
By ZBC Reporter