By Edward Mukaro
ZIMBABWE has recorded its first case of Coronavirus (Covid-19) after a foreigner living in the resort town of Victoria Falls tested positive, yesterday.
The infected person, who is originally from the United Kingdom (UK), had been in and out of the southern African country, recently.
Speaking on state broadcaster, ZBC Tv last night, Minister of Health and Child Care Dr. Obadiah Moyo said, “ This evening, Friday, March 20, 2020, the National Reference Laboratory at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital confirmed that a suspected case of Covid -19 has tested positive.
“This is the first Covid-19 in Zimbabwe,” said Moyo.
Authorities have however, called upon citizens to remain calm and not panic, as the individual was quick to place himself into quarantine after noticing symptoms.
The Government of Zimbabwe and other stakeholders in the health sector have been working tirelessly, in preparation of the eventuality (cases of Covid-19), as the virus has been spreading throughout the globe at an alarming rate.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently called for the immediate closure of all schools and tertiary education institutions, in order to prevent any cases of the virus, while public gatherings have been restricted to about 100 people at a time.
The number of lives that have been lost to Covid-19 across the globe has now sky rocketed to more than 11 000.
According to leading UK tabloid, The Sun, weddings in the UK will now have a restricted number of guests, as the coronavirus causes havoc for couples across the country. Parties have now been limited to just five – the couple, the priest or registrar and two witnesses – to kill off any risk of coronavirus contamination