Confusion Rocks Vic Falls Tourist Coronavirus Case

ZIMBABWE has once again been thrown into abyss of confusion following conflicting statements by the ministries of Health and that of Tourism relating to a case whereby a United Kingdom (UK) tourist is reported to have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) upon arrival in the UK a few days after leaving Zimbabwe.

By Michael Gwarisa

The bewilderment comes hot on the heels of a Post Cabinet Media briefing where Tourism and Hospitality Industries minister, Honorable Mangaliso Ndlovu told Journalists that the lady in question was yet to be tested contrary to what Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obhadia Moyo had said.

The traveller who was in Vitoria falls stayed at Ilanga Lodge. The way she arrived, the officials at the port of entry made sure that the procedures they follow are as prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Internationally WHO has given guidelines as to how we treat visitors and they were satisfied that they followed those guidelines when the visitor was here.

“Suffice to say that, we been in contact with the Lodge who were also taking keen interest in the visitor, particularly working through the agency that organised the travel and the information that we are getting from the lodge is that, the  visitor upon return to the UK, she went straight home and self-isolated and was attended to by paramedics who gave an assessment of a suspected coronavirus. She has not yet been tested for that and she is still at home but the symptoms are showing that there is a possibility so I just wanted to clarify that because the information out there is indicating that the visitor was tested,” said Minister Ndlovu.

However, on Monday, Health Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said a ministry response unit has since cordoned off a lodge in Victoria Falls where the unnamed tourist was staying.

“Today we received another alert that there is a tourist who came to Victoria Falls on the 7th of March and departed on the 10th back to the UK. They went via South Africa, stayed at Kruger Park a few days and then left for the UK where they were picked up and tested positive.

“Our rapid response team has gone to the particular lodge where they were staying in Victoria Falls and we are having to deal with that issue while we wait for results. It is another place we have had to cordon off.”

Meanwhile, President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday announced a ban on all public gatherings and national events such as the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) and the Independence Festivities.

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