Suspected coronavirus ‘fugitive’ hands self to authorities


THE 26-year old man  who exhibited symptoms of Coronavirus and escaped from Wilkins Hospital on Sunday, before the screening process was conducted, has handed himself over to  the hospital authorities on Tuesday.

Police have been hunting for the Thai national and failed to locate him at two addresses that he had provided to the Immigration officials upon entry at Harare International Airport last month.

He has been admitted to hospital under police guard following the authorities’ request to beef up security at the institution.

Harare City Council health services director Prosper Chonzi said the man had been sent to Wilkins after his temperature was recorded at 38.6 °C. Normal body temperature should be between 36.5–37.5 °C, and any reading above that is typical of patients with fever, one of the symptoms of the coronavirus.

“The patient arrived at the hospital in the company of his father and two other men, but they all disappeared before the screening process was conducted,” he said.

The virus was first  detected in China late last year, and  killed over 3,888 people in over 100 countries with over 111,753 positive cases reported around the world as of Tuesday morning.

South Africa reported four more cases on Monday, bringing the total infections to seven.

The only other African countries to announce coronavirus cases are Nigeria (2), Togo (1), Algeria (17), Egypt (48), Senegal (4), Morocco (2), Tunisia (2) and Cameroon (2).


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