Zimbabwean woman tests negative for coronavirus


A Zimbabwean woman who was suspected of contracting coronavirus has been given the all-clear.

According to reports the 27-year-old travelled from China to Zimbabwe and was isolated on arrival and tested.

Harare’s director for health services, Prosper Chonzi, said the woman worked as a teacher in the city of Wuhan, which is the epicentre of the virus.

Mr Chonzi said the woman was on holiday in the city of Guangzhou and became unwell, displaying symptoms of coronavirus.

She was however tested in China and given a certificate showing her results was negative.

On Tuesday she arrived in Zimbabwe and airport health officials found that she had a fever.

She was taken to an isolation unit in Harare’s Wilkins Hospital where tests were conducted and her temperature was continuously monitored. By Wednesday night she had a normal temperature,

Zimbabwe’s permanent secretary for information, Nick Mangwana, says the tests were carried out at nearby Sally Mugabe Central Hospital.


Christopher Ojilere