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Woman quarantined in Zimbabwe tests negative for coronavirus

The 27-year-old arrived in Harare on Wednesday aboard a plane from China where she was treated for flu-like symptoms.

This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - A woman quarantined in Zimbabwe for a suspected coronavirus case has tested negative for the disease.

The 27-year-old arrived in Harare on Wednesday aboard a plane from China where she was treated for flu-like symptoms. The woman had recently been to Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster reported that she had already tested negative for coronavirus in China. But on arrival, the woman was taken to Wilkens Infectious Diseases Hospital in Harare where more tests were done.

Despite testing negative, she would be monitored for the next three weeks.

The woman’s arrival and isolation triggered intense speculation on social media in Zimbabwe, where critics said the struggling health system in the country would not cope with an outbreak of the coronavirus.