Corona virus scare hits Bulawayo

Top Bulawayo football club, Highlander’s striker, Prince Dube is reportedly under strict surveillance after entering the country from Coronavirus affected areas in China. The 22-year-old star 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-whose death toll in China now stands at more than 300 with more than 14 000 infections confirmed.

The Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Obadiah Moyo, last week revealed that at least 82 people were being monitored in Zimbabwe after entering the country from affected areas.

Although they have all tested negative the minister stated that they were still under surveillance.

“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 Coronavirus has been detected in Zimbabwe and we remain on high alert.

Bulawayo City Council director of health services Dr Edwin Sibanda confirmed that Dube is under surveillance for Coronavirus. He, however, could not give detailed information, saying he was out of town.

“I can confirm that Highlanders’ striker, Prince Dube, who was recently in China, is under surveillance for Coronavirus. I don’t have much details as I am out of town.”

Meanwhile, the number of suspected cases of Coronavirus recorded in neighbouring Botswana has risen to five.

The Coronavirus has since been declared a global emergency by WHO, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China, with a 44-year-old man in the Philippines having succumbed to the disease, making him the first known death outside China.

According to the Chinese and WHO data, more than 2 000 new cases were recorded in that country in the past 24 hours, raising the worldwide total to nearly 14 380 as at yesterday.- iHarare

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