Highlanders striker Prince Dube is among 82 Zimbabweans placed under surveillance for the deadly Coronavirus whose death toll in China now stands at more than 362 with more than 17 387 infections confirmed. 21 558 are suspected cases with 490 having recovered as of 3rd February 2020.
The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Obadiah Moyo, last week told the media that 82 people were being monitored in Zimbabwe after entering the country from affected areas.
It is reported that they all tested negative.
Prince Dube has been on trial with a Chinese second tier club Shaanxi Chang’an Athletic, which is based in Xi’an, about 785km from Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly virus.
The Chronicles also reported that he was still in China when the outbreak started and returned to Zimbabwe on January 21. Medical doctors that spoke to Chronicle on condition of anonymity, said the 22-year-old starlet has been on the surveillance radar since landing from China. He is however, showing no symptoms of the virus.
“He is on a 14-day round-the-clock surveillance. Everyone is on high alert but so far nothing serious has been detected. He is also aware of this and is taking all necessary precautions which is making everyone’s concerns less stressful,” said the doctor.
“Like what has been stressed by authorities, no one should be worried about this procedure and I want to emphasise that no Corona virus has been detected in Zimbabwe and we remain on high alert.”
Health authorities at Zimbabwe’s ports of entry have moved to reduce the possible spread of the deadly Coronavirus by screening visitors and monitoring threats.
Last week, Dr Moyo urged Zimbabweans not to panic over the virus as necessary surveillance and precautionary measures have been put in place at all ports of entry.
He said although no case has been detected so far in the country, Zimbabwe was on high alert as it takes a co-ordinated global response.
Dr Moyo said all 26 ports, eight of which are airports and 18 inland border posts, have screening facilities.
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