Zimbabweans in Hubei Province, China safe; says Zimbabwean Ambassador

By ZBC Reporter
AN estimated 800 Zimbabwean citizens living in Hubei province, the epicenter of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are safe from the respiratory disease, the Zimbabwe Embassy in China has confirmed.
Responding to questions from members of the media, Zimbabwe’s chief envoy to China, Ambassador Martin Chedondo, said the embassy is continuously providing information to Zimbabweans in China on how best to avoid infection.
“The Embassy is not aware of any Zimbabwean citizen that has been infected. The approximate number of Zimbabweans in Hubei province is between 600 and 800. The Embassy is also providing updated information as and when we get it from the relevant authorities; assisting in relaying extension of visa requests from our nationals to the Foreign Affairs Offices of the province, as well as providing general advice and answering any other queries.”
Ambassador Chedondo said the province was under lockdown, “which makes entry and exit not only impossible but also discouraged by the authorities”.
As of Friday, 2 236 deaths had been recorded in China, while 1 109 new cases of the disease were confirmed. Mainland China recorded 118 more deaths on Friday alone, but cases of new infections are declining.
Universities in China are also under lockdown, where students on campuses are encouraged to stay indoors as a preventative measure for their health safety. Students that have traveled to their countries for the winter break are presently being advised to stay where they are.
The Zimbabwe Embassy is also encouraging students who are in the country to be in constant contact with their respective universities, as well as the Chinese Embassy in Harare to get accurate information on the situation. Universities in China have begun online lessons so that students would be able to graduate on time. Last week, a Zimbabwean woman returning from Wuhan was placed under quarantine for tests for coronavirus at Wilkins Hospital in Harare. She was later released after testing negative of the virus.
come from Zimbabwe but let us protect Zimbabwe from bringing it in,” he said.