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Quarantine travellers from China for three weeks – Zim former health minister

Zimbabwe’s former Health Minister Henry Madzorera said if the virus came into the country, it would be very difficult to stop it from spreading.

FILE: Zimbabwean Minister of Health Henry Madzorera speaks during a press conference in the Kuwadzana township, on January 31, 2012 in Harare. Picture: AFP.

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s former Health Minister Henry Madzorera on Monday called on the government to quarantine travellers from China in institutions for three weeks.

Madzorera said the country didn’t have the capacity to deal with an outbreak of coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, and needed robust interventions to prevent it from happening.

Zimbabwe has not recorded any suspected case of Covid-19.

It said it had measures in place to prevent an outbreak.

But the former MDC health minister in the coalition government said Zimbabwe’s hospitals didn’t have basic drugs.

He said if the virus came into the country, it would be very difficult to stop it from spreading.

In a statement, Madzorera called on the government to ensure travellers from China are quarantined in institutions for three weeks.

Zimbabwe’s health ministry said it was working with the Chinese embassy in Harare to ensure travellers from China quarantine themselves for 21 days.

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