Coronavirus: Zimbabwean woman held in isolation

Coronavirus Watch

Samantha Rusare

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A Zimbabwean woman who arrived in the capital, Harare, on Tuesday from Wuhan, China is being held in isolation as authorities in the Southern African country take all necessary steps to guard against the Coronavirus.

Epidemiology and Disease Control (Ministry of Health and Child Care) Director Dr Portia Manangazira confirmed the development to ZTN News on Wednesday.

“Yes, we have the case of a 27-year-old Zimbabwean who is being held at the Wilkins Hospital’s specialised unit in isolation. She was in Wuhan and passed through Guangzhou where she was certified to be Coronavirus negative and has a certificate to show for it.

“When she arrived we were aware that she was coming because the Chinese authorities had alerted us and we took the precautionary steps of putting her in isolation. She is presently being monitored by a team of experts, including Chinese physicians. We will keep the nation updated.”

About Coronavirus

  • Coronavirus refers to a large family of viruses which circulates in animals and can be transmitted to humans through the air, close personal contact or touching contaminated objects
  • Common signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, gastro-intestinal symptoms and diarrhoea
  • Severe cases include pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and can result in DEATH
  • There is currently no vaccine or cure.
  • The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and do stay home when you are sick.

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