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22 Zimbabweans under close medical watch for coronavirus

By Tatenda Marwodzi

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The ministry of health and childcare has put 22 Zimbabweans under watch after travelling from China were the coronavirus is spreading and claiming lives.

The coronavirus is a highly contagious respiratory infection with symptoms similar to the common cold. 26 Chinese lives have been claimed to date by the deadly virus while 1396 have been confirmed positive.

The virus is now spreading to other regions such as Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and Korea through travellers.

While no case has yet been reported in Zimbabwe, officials are on high alert and have announced that the country is taking strict measures to monitor travelers arriving at all ports of entry.

“We have already ramped up efforts to screen individuals arriving from China and all affected countries for possible signs of the infection,” secretary for Health and Child Care Dr Agnes Mahomva said.

On average, the country receives over 300 Chinese tourists every month while a number of Zimbabwean nationals travel between the two countries for business and study purposes.

The 22 individuals under surveillance travelled from Wuhan, the city where the virus is suspected to have originated. While none of them have tested positive, health officials will continue monitoring them for containment.

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