Zimbabwe urges people to avoid travel to South Africa due to coronavirus concerns

Zimbabwe’s government has urged people to avoid unnecessary visits to South Africa until the neighbouring country is safe from coronavirus (Covid-19). There have been 7 cases of the virus confirmed in South Africa so far, bringing it closer to Zimbabwe. At this point of time no positive cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the country.

All across the world more than 100 000 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 which has killed more than 3 700 worldwide.

The virus has been discovered in 9 African countries: Senegal, Tunisia, Togo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa and Egypt which has the highest number of cases and first death in Africa.

A number of travel-associated cases have been recorded in other countries. Earlier this month, President Mnangagwa temporarily restricted international travelling, especially outside Africa, while civil servants were banned from foreign trips as the government takes measures to reduce the risk of coronavirus being brought into the country.

However, a lot of Zimbabweans work in South Africa and thousands travel there for business.

Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Minister Judith Ncube has urged residents to avoid unnecessarily crossing the border in light of reported virus cases in the neighbouring country. 

“As Bulawayo we first have to observe that this coronavirus is there, it’s very real. We should take precautionary measures that have been laid down by the Ministry of Health and Child Care. We should wash our hands, avoid shaking hands among other things. We should also minimise on our travelling to the neighbouring country as part of measures to ensure that we remain safe from the virus. It is my prayer that the virus does not reach Zimbabwe,” said Minister Ncube.

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