Coronavirus: Coughing visitors into Zimbabwe to be immediately isolated says Govt

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ALL travellers and visitors into Zimbabwe with signs and symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 will be referred immediately to designated isolation centres for further clinical examination and assistance, government has said.

The signs and symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

This comes after South Africa confirmed its first coronavirus case after a 38-year-old man who traveled to Italy tested positive.

Globally the number of confirmed cases tops 96,000 with more than 3,300 people having died since the virus first originated in mainland China.

In a statement on Thursday, Health minister Obadiah Moyo said said as part of efforts to strengthen Zimbabwe and the global fight against Covid-19, government would continue adhering to and upholding World Health Organisation (WHO) regulations, guidelines and advisories on travel requirements.

“As such, all travellers and visitors into the country, including those from countries with confirmed Covid-19 cases, will be screened at ports of entry into Zimbabwe,” Moyo said.

“However, travellers with signs and symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc) will be referred immediately to designated isolation centres for further clinical examination and assistance,” he added.

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