[ZimEye - Zimbabwe News] COVID-19 Scourge :Mnangagwa Says Zimbabweans Should Not Panic
Zimbabweans do not need to panic as authorities are taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) into the country, while authorities in China have the situation under control, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
This comes as China's chief envoy to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Guo Shaochun, made assurances that trade and economic trade between the two countries would only be temporarily affected by the virus, which has killed more than 1 000 people in mainland China.
To date, the virus has not been detected in Zimbabwe and no Zimbabweans living in China have contracted the disease.
Speaking at a press briefing after meeting with Ambassador Guo at his Munhumutapa offices yesterday, President Mnangagwa said the country's adherence to World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines was likely to be complemented by travel restrictions imposed by China between Harare and Beijing.
"From the time of the breakout, there are conditions by the World Health Organisation, universal conditions which require that we take measures, and we have taken those measures and we have been able to acquire some of the necessary equipment to do the checking; and so far in Zimbabwe, we have not recorded any positive cases and we are happy that this is happening," he said.
"Also the authorities in China have restricted the travel of people from China to Zimbabwe or Zimbabwe to China.
"So these things, again, have been implemented and they are contributing to the status which is there now, which is positive (for us) and we believe that we are in control of the situation."
President Mnangagwa said it was encouraging that fatalities and new infections of the disease were declining.
"The current indications are that new cases are declining, as the facts now show. Earlier on, the deaths were rising, but now there is an indication of the deaths declining.
Also, the volume of the number of people leaving the hospital after being cured is also increasing, which is indicative of the success the authorities in China are achieving to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
"Then, of course, worldwide we have very few new cases that come up. The few that have been reported are not increasing."
Authorities would remain vigilant to prevent the disease from spreading into the country, he said.
President Mnangagwa said Ambassador Guo was also "thankful" for the letter that he had sent to his counterpart, President Xi Jinping, to express solidarity and sympathy over COVID-19.
"The ambassador was thankful that I wrote to my counterpart, the President of the People of China, giving Zimbabwe's support to the challenges arising from the outbreak of the virus.
"He was conveying to me that gratitude.
"When the coronavirus outbreak happened in China, we were extremely concerned about it and I, as President, sent a letter of support to my brother President Xi Jinping and to the people of China that the people of Zimbabwe sympathise with you and we expect that everything possible would be done and we are happy with what the leadership of China have done so far."-State mediaIf our services have assisted you, our work would be much more secure with your help - For as little as £5, you can support ZimEye - and it only takes a minute.
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