If Coronavirus strikes Zimbabwe today, it will kill the entire population following revelations through a cabinet minister that the government is completely clueless on how to combat the deadly disease.
By Rumbidzai Chizarura
While other countries in Africa and the world at large are mulling travel bans between their member states and China, Zimbabwe has no plans to do so, yet measures to fight the disease are not in place.
Many countries have deployed medical teams at their entry points as a precautionary measure.
The Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Obadiah Moyo has shockingly pronounced that visitors from China will have to subject themselves to self-quarantine for 14 -21 days.
“One solution that they (China) came up with is that if anyone arrives in one of our airports they will have to subject themselves to self-quarantine for 14 -21 days, we did not tell them that they came to us,” he said.
The pronouncement by the minister responsible for the country’s health system is scary in that it totally exposes the government’s inability to fight the pandemic disease.
Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, the viruses cause respiratory infections – including the common cold – which are typically mild.
China raised the death toll from its coronavirus outbreak to 811 on Sunday.
According to reports, on Monday a large number of workplaces and schools remain closed and many white-collar employees were operating from home.