COVID-19: Zim tracing contacts after Vic Falls tourist tests positive

The British tourist was reported to have gone home via South Africa. She tested positive for the virus in the UK and was now being treated.

A tourist view the majestic Victoria Falls, a tourism attraction for Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls, on 13 November 2019.  Picture: AFP

HARARE - Zimbabwean health authorities were trying to trace people in Victoria Falls who may have been in contact with a British tourist who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) when she returned to the United Kingdom.

Several other people were currently under observation or self-quarantine, although the country is yet to report its first case of the disease.

The British tourist was reported to have gone home via South Africa. She tested positive for the virus in the UK and was now being treated.

Zimbabwe’s health ministry was trying to trace any person, including staff at her hotel in Victoria Falls who may have been in contact with her.

In a separate case, the ministry said a Bulawayo woman and her family were in self-quarantine after one of them visited a general practitioner in South Africa whose patient tested positive for COVID-19.

The government was discouraging church meetings, weddings, and conferences and could be forced to call off next month’s celebrations to mark 40 years of independence.

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