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Zimbabwe Reports First Cases of Coronavirus Variant from India

FILE: Relatives and health workers prepare to unload the bodies of people who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), before their burial at a graveyard in New Delhi, India, June 8, 2020. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

HARARE, May 19 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has detected the first cases of the new coronavirus variant that emerged in India, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said on Wednesday, adding that all travelers from the Asian nation would be required to undergo mandatory quarantine.

Chiwenga, who also doubles as Zimbabwe's health minister, said in a statement the cases had been detected among a group of people in the central town of Kwekwe after a student returned from India on April 29.

"People traveling from or transiting from India will be subject to mandatory quarantine at a designated quarantine center and at their own cost," Chiwenga said.

Travelers from India would be subjected to a COVID-19 test on arrival even if they have been tested in their country of origin.

Zimbabwe has recorded 38,595 COVID-19 cases and 1,583 deaths since last year. A total of 600,579 people have received COVID-19 vaccines from China and India. (Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe Editing by Bill Berkrot)

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