©️ THE City of Bulawayo is monitoring about 600 people who recently travelled to coronavirus hit countries, as part of its efforts to combat the spread of the pandemic in the region, the Daily News reports.
This comes as the second city has been listed among urban areas where public discipline is slipping, with regards to the ongoing 21-day national coronavirus lockdown.
It also comes as the lethal disease has so far killed nearly 50 000 people, and infected about one million others worldwide.
Addressing a full council meeting on Wednesday, Mayor Solomon Mguni said the city was receiving an average of 13 calls a day from members of the public who suspected they had Covid-19 or that others around them had the disease.
And while the city had not yet recorded any cases of people testing positive for Covid-19, it had recently received many travellers from areas hit by the pandemic.
“We have a total of 627 travellers that are currently being followed up by the city’s environmental health practitioners,” he said.
Mguni also said Bulawayo had so far collected 21 specimens, with 11 of them testing negative — while 10, which were sent on March 30 and March 31, were still pending.
Recently, the city introduced a raft of measures aimed at reducing the risk of transmission of coronavirus.
Among the measures, it limited the number of people who should patronise food shops at any given time.
It also decongested vending stalls at marketplaces, in line with social distancing recommendations — while also limiting the number of mourners at cemeteries to a maximum of 30.
Zimbabwe has so far recorded eight positive cases of coronavirus and one death, although authorities expect the number of infections to soar in the coming weeks.
Last week, the government introduced more measures that it said would help to combat the spread of coronavirus in the country, including gazetting Statutory Instrument 77 (SI 77), which allows for the arrest of people found breaking the law, while also enforcing mandatory testing for suspected coronavirus cases.
According to the new regulations, the government will have the right to visit homes in search of persons who could be infected.
Coronavirus symptoms include pneumonia, high fever, flu, shortness of breath and diarrhoea — and the precautions that have to be taken include covering the mouth when coughing and sneezing, and continuously washing one’s hands.
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