Govt announcement says it will not quarantine visitors from Coronavirus affected China. The government has revealed that it has no plans to quarantine visitors from Coronavirus affected China because it is expensive and against the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations.
The virus has killed about 722 people more than 34 546 are said to be infected and there has been a push for Zimbabwe to join other countries such as India, Australia and Japan who quarantine people coming from China.
Quarantine is defined as a state, period, or place of isolation in which people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere or been exposed to infectious or contagious disease are placed.
The Health ministry’s epidemiology and disease control director Portia Manangazira has said Zimbabwe will instead practise self-quarantine to establish if people coming from affected countries do not have symptoms of the killer virus.
“We have already started self-quarantining. Those under surveillance are advised to do minimal interactions for at least 14 days. Things like going to church and meeting should be avoided for now.
“In the event that someone coming straight from Wuhan or other affected countries has shown symptoms of the virus, we will then quarantine them at the hospital. We cannot quarantine all travellers coming from affected areas in one place because it’s expensive and against World Health Organisation (WHO) regulations,” Manangazira said.
Currently Zimbabwe is monitoring over 740 people who came into the country from affected areas for symptoms of Coronavirus.
Zimbabwe is so far not on the high risk list of countries considered top priority and highly vulnerable to the threat of coronavirus by WHO because of their direct links or high volume of travel to China.
This follows after the Chinese Embassy last week issued a statement to its citizens in China who plan to visit or return to Zimbabwe to delay doing so until the virus is contained.
Those who had already travelled to Zimbabwe before the warning were advised to self-quarantine for 2-3 weeks to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.
China’s consular minister and deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe Zhao Baogang revealed this in Harare recently after a meeting with the Heath and Child Care minister Obadiah Moyo to give an update on the coronavirus.
“The Chinese embassy is working with the ministry of Health to mobilise resources to stop the spread of the coronavirus and the embassy of China has already set up a task force ready to respond in case there is an outbreak.
Source – iHarare
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