What Zim is doingWITH effect from yesterday, (March 20,2020, if you suspect Covid-19 disease, or wish to obtain more information on this disease, you are advised to call the following ministry of Health and Child Care hotline numbers for assistance: +263714 734 593 or +263774 112 531.
As of March 17, 2020, 179 111 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 7 426 deaths have been reported from more than 150 countries globally.
In Africa, 30 countries have reported a total of 445 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 57 deaths.
These include at least six Sadc member states — South Africa, Eswatini, Namibia, Tanzania, Seychelles and Democratic Republic of Congo.
With the recent increase in Covid-19 transmission within the African region, the ministry remains on HIGH alert to the Covid-19 pandemic due to the strong ties we have with other countries.
The ministry would like to reassure the nation that to date, there are NO confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe.
On Monday, March 16, 2020, the Rapid Response Team from the City of Harare responded immediately to a call from the police, of a Chinese lady who had been dropped off a bus from Victoria Falls in the Kopje area.
She had tried booking into a lodge but was not successful as people suspected her to be a symptomatic Covid-19 case.
Upon assessment by the local Rapid Response Team, she had no symptoms of Covid-19 and did not meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) case definition of a suspect case.
As she had nowhere to go, the Wilkins Hospital therefore organised overnight accommodation for her while the Chinese Embassy was called in to assist.
Signs and symptoms of Covid-19
• Symptoms of Covid-19 may develop within 14 days of exposure to the illness.
• These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.
• Most infected people (about 80 percent) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Yesterday morning, the ministry launched and disseminated the updated National Covid-19 Preparedness and Response Plan and called upon ALL stakeholders to play an active part in this national response.
Recommendations and advice for the public:
• Exercise good personal hygiene
• Wash hands with soap and water frequently
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue or flexed elbow then throw the tissue into a bin
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick, coughing or sneezing.