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Government Says No Cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 Reported in Zimbabwe


FILE PHOTO: Health workers in protective suits during a training exercise for any potential coronavirus cases at a hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe, February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File Photo - RC2U3F9SL1VN

The Zimbabwean government says it has tested 14 suspected cases for Coronavirus COVID-19 as of last Friday and all were negative for the virus.

In a tweet Sunday, the Ministry of Information noted that as of 13 March, 2020, more than 9,700 travelers have been screened at the country’s ports of entry and put on surveillance.

“The National Microbiology Reference Laboratory has tested 14 suspected cases for COVID-19 and all were negative for the virus.”

In a statement, the Ministry of Health also said, “… There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe.”

The ministry added that it “remains on high alert to the COVID-19 pandemic which affects every society.”

It stressed that a multisectoral approach in responding to the pandemic “is key and therefore being followed, guided by the National Preparedness and Response Plan.”

At least 142,539 cases of COVID-19 and 5,393 deaths have been reported in 135 nations. Europe has now become the epicenter of the pandemic with more reported cases and deaths.

According to Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health, the number of African nations that have reported confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to 19.

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