Cross-border traders raise Covid-19 red flag

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SETTING up Covid-19 testing centres at borders will be a big risk and could result in an increase in infections, Cross-Border Traders’ Association chairperson Killer Zivhu has said.

This comes as Zimbabwe is set to open its borders on December 1, with travellers expected to be tested at the port of exit.

However, Zivhu reckons that cross-border traders must be tested before they embark on their journeys.

“We are discouraging the setting up laboratories at border posts because if there are laboratories there, the spread of coronavirus is going to be very high. 

“Someone will travel all the way from Kariba to Beitbridge before they know their status and then test positive at the border, this means that person was spreading Covid-19 all the way from Kariba to Beitbridge.

“This will endanger many people. We are pleading with the government that the move is not bad, but the spread will be very high because people will be travelling from different places without knowing their status,” Zivhu said.

The former Zanu PF MP for Chivi South added that they were going to engage all stakeholders on the matter.

“As an association, we want to work together with the Health ministry and minister (vice president Constantino) Chiwenga and all the departments that were assigned by President (Emmerson) Mnangagwa to make sure that Covid-19 will not spread like what is happening in other countries.

“We have identified several surgeries across the country in different growth points, cities and towns where people will be going and their samples taken by doctors and sent to laboratories. 

“They will be told to proceed with their journey if they are negative. It’s better to know the results before you embark on your journey,” Zivhu added.

This comes after Zivhu recently said cross-borders would be tested for Covid-19 in their respective areas and then collect the results from a doctor at the border they would be using to enable them to have a valid PCR certificate at ports of entry within the stipulated 72 hours.

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