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Man (30) becomes Zimbabwe's 2nd confirmed coronavirus case

The patient is a 30-year-old man who returned to Harare from New York via South Africa earlier this month.

This handout illustration image obtained February 27, 2020 courtesy of the National Institutes of Health taken with a scanning electron microscope shows SARS-CoV-2 (round blue objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab, SARS-CoV-2, also known as 2019-nCoV, is the virus that causes COVID-19, the virus shown was isolated from a patient in the US. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's government has confirmed the second case of coronavirus and the first for the capital Harare.

The patient is a 30-year-old man who returned to Harare from New York via South Africa earlier this month.

He then fell sick and self-isolated until he went into respiratory distress on Thursday and was rushed to Harare's Wilkins Infectious Disease Hospital.

This follows the first confirmed case reported on Friday in Victoria Falls.

The government is now trying to trace the people who have come in contact with the second patient.

Zimbabwe is taking measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. Visits to prison have been prohibited.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa sparked an outcry on social media after he attended the inauguration of Namibia's President Hage Geingob. Namibia has recorded three cases of coronavirus.

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