FileA man sprays commuters with hand sanitiser as a preventive measures at Wanderers taxi rank in Johannesburg CBD, on March 18, 2020. – African international locations have been among the many final to be hit by the worldwide COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic however as circumstances rise, many countries are actually taking strict measures to dam the lethal sickness. Michele Spatari / AFP.
Zimbabwe on Friday reported its first coronavirus case, a person who returned to his residence within the vacationer resort city of Victoria Falls from Britain on the weekend.
“The is the first case of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe,” stated Well being Minister Obadiah Moyo on state tv 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 stated.
The Zimbabwean authorities on Tuesday introduced a raft of steps to stop the virus from spreading – together with the cancellation of public and sporting occasions, and constraints on gatherings. Faculties will shut on Tuesday.
The nation’s public well being system, in the meantime, has been struggling for years from an absence of kit and medicines.
It got here underneath additional pressure final yr when lots of of junior docs at state hospitals staged a three-month strike over situations and pay – which then was lower than $200 a month.