- Zimbabwe has recorded its 1st confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, covid-19
- The patient tested positive after returning from a trip to the United Kingdom
- The government has implemented a number of measures to slow the spread of the virus including closing schools
It is official, Zimbabwe has confirmed its 1st case of the novel coronavirus, covid-19, after testing a citizen who returned from a trip to the United Kingdom.
He was tested shortly after returning to his home in the tourist resort area of Victoria Falls.
"This is the first case of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe," said Health Minister Obadiah Moyo on state television ZTV.
"The patient is a 38-year-old Caucasian man ... who had travelled to Manchester in the UK on the 7th of March and returned to his home in Victoria Falls on the 15th of March via South Africa," he said.
The government announced a sweeping set of measures to combat the spread of the virus. These measures have included the cancellation of sports events, public gatherings and schools will close on Tuesday.
Zimbabwe's healthcare system has been neglected for years and lacks the necessary equipment and medicine to treat its population.
A 3-month strike by junior doctors placed further strain after they demanded higher pay, which was $200 a month according to Times Live.
In other news, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula warned visitors from other countries not to bother trying to enter the country.
“We are equally emphasizing, don't come to South Africa, we will not come to you."
Friday saw 20 flights grounded at the country's international airports, with the regulations seeing non-citizens from China, Iran, Italy, Germany and other high-risk countries turned away.
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