An official at the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said testing for coronavirus is being done for free, but people will be screened first before being taken to a health centre.
Donald Mujiri, who is the Ministry’s spokesperson added that when an individual experience coronavirus symptoms, he or she should self-isolate at home and call toll-free number 2-0-1-9. Said Mujuru:
There are people who may suspect that they have Covid-19 because they have been in contact with a person who has it or simply because they have flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, a high body temperature, breathing difficulties and a headache.
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They must not rush to the hospital or a clinic but must immediately self-isolate. That is staying at home and they must not move around but should call the toll-free number (2019) and inform the operator of who they are, their physical address and how they are feeling.
A Covid-19 health care worker then assures them if there is nothing wrong with them or the health workers go to the patients’ home to assess and decide how to help them.
This is a serious matter and people must treat it as such. We will test those that have the said symptoms and also these tests are done for free at the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory in Harare.
The coronavirus pandemic was first reported in China in December 2019 and has spread rapidly throughout the world, infecting over 600 000 people and killing over 30 000.
The Zimbabwean government has since declared a 21-day national lockdown commencing on March 30, 2020, to curb the spread of the disease.