Zimbabwe to deport travelers from corona virus affected countries

Harare-The Zimbabwean government has resolved that all travelers from countries affected by coronavirus present valid medical certificates upon entering the country.

Addressing a post cabinet press briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said over 6 169 travellers from countries affected by coronavirus have been screened at the country’s air and land points of entry.

“The Minister of Health and Child Care updated Cabinet on the national preparedness and response regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Cabinet was informed that as of 1st March 2020, a total of 6 169 travellers had been screened at our air and ground ports of entry, with the majority through the R.G. Mugabe International Airport in Harare.

“Cabinet was informed that two suspected cases were detected and isolated at Wilkins Hospital over the weekend.  One is a Zimbabwean from Bahrain and the other is a Chinese citizen from Hunan Province.  Subsequent tests for the two were conducted locally and were negative, the two were discharged, but will continue on the 21 day follow up and monitoring” said Minister Mutsvangwa

As an additional measure, Mutsvangwa said Cabinet resolved that all visitors from affected countries should hold medical clearance for corona virus.

Health Minister Dr. Obadiah Moyo said those who fail to produce medical certificates will be deported.

“Once they are in the country without a valid medical certificate clearing them of the corona virus. We will deport them right away until they bring the certificate” said Moyo

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