CORONAVIRUS hits Zim

By A Correspondent | As it emerged the Zimbabwe government obfuscated the identity of a Coronavirus suspect who died last night, a Chinese national, the state has labelled a fourth (4th) case mere “suspected.”The fourth victim, a female, was Sunday morning reported isolated after presenting herself first at a general practitioner before being referred to Wilkins Infectious Disease Hospital.Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said the latest person was taken for isolation at Wilkins but could not provide further details saying health workers were still running the necessary tests. Requests by ZimEye to obtain the person’s full identity and travel history had not been replied to at the time of writing.The development comes after South Africa confirmed a third case of the disease also known as Covid-19.“Yes, I can confirm that there has been another case taken in at Wilkins, but we still do not have results pertaining her status; We will announce the results to everyone, once we get them,” Moyo told the state media.The government has continued to say a Mutare woman, a third victim, died before arrival at Wilkins having tested negative. But other reports said she is a Chinese national. ZimEye was at pains last night to establish the victim’s identity following fears the government has not done its duty to conduct a travel history search and to publish it so that possible infections can be controlled.Government on its twitter account last night reported that this woman who presented to her general practitioner complaining of shortness of breath tested negative to tests conducted on her copse.“A Mutare woman who returned from China on 24 January, presented to her GP on 6 March complaining of shortness of breath. She was referred to Wilkins Hospital for Covid-19 tests but died on the way. Subsequent tests at Wilkins indicated negative for Coronavirus,” reads the post.Government also said a male adult who travelled from Italy has also been quarantined and being monitored for Covid-19 symptoms.The government however contradicted itself saying “the man has no COVID-19 symptoms and test results were negative.”The government says “a Mutare woman who returned from China on 24 January, presented to her GP on 6 March complaining of shortness of breath.“She was referred to Wilkins Hospital for COVID-19 tests but died on the way. Subsequent tests at Wilkins indicated negative for Coronavirus.”ZimEye asserts that the cause of death can only be Coronavirus.The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath.

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