We stand with International community in Covid-19 fight: President Mnangagwa

By ZBC Reporter
ZIMBABWE has registered her solidarity with the International community in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak stating that the country unequivocally stand with the international community in the worst global pandemic, which has killed over 6 000 people across the globe.
In a statement issued this Monday, His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa said pandemics like coronavirus (Covid-19) cannot be blamed on anyone since they have a scientific explanation and emphasised that the Zimbabwean government stands with the international community in fighting this pandemic.
“Pandemics of this kind have a scientific explanation and knows no boundary, and like any other natural phenomenon cannot be blamed on anyone.
“My government empathises with the affected people around the globe and stands ready to assist in whatever ways within our capacity. We send condolences and our solidarity to all those who are already suffering, and strength and good health to those in need,” said the President.
He said currently Zimbabwe is one of the lucky nations that has not recorded any coronavirus case but pointed out that preparation is key in fighting the pandemic.
“We must act early, and we must act sensibly. Currently we are one of the lucky nations. However we must not rest on our laurels. Now is the time to look after each other and think especially about the weak and the vulnerable. Do not take unnecessary risks. Do not belittle this threat,” said the President.
President Mnangagwa said the Government was working to ensure doctors and nurses had the necessary know-how and equipment to deal with the Covid-19 threat.
“Lets make sure that this is not our next Cyclone Idai but our response and resilience will determine our trajectory as we all work to build a new Zimbabwe and a new future, let us start by getting the basics right,” highli9ghted the President.
He noted that the country us working with the international organisations and the global experts to make sure government gets it right.
“We are acting now. We must all act All of us. We will prepare our health sector to the best of our abilities,” he said.
He urged the nation to also make the practise of self-health care a priority.
“My government will do all in its power to protect the people, however the ultimate responsibility lie with you. If you have a cough, a sore throat, a temperature or if you feel unwell please stay away from crowds, please stay away from the elderly, and if you can stay at home until all symptoms have diasappeared,” he said.
The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), officially named as COVID-19 by the WHO, has spread to approximately 140 countries including China prompting the WHO to declare the disease as a global pandemic. Confirmed novel coronavirus cases have crossed 170,000, while more than 6,600 deaths have been reported across the world as Europe becomes the new epicentre of coronavirus. Nearly half of the global COVID-19 cases are currently outside China.