Zimbabwe Republic Police have arrested 15 Ethiopian nationals who had entered into Zimbabwe illegally.
The accused were reportedly hiding in Gwanda, Matebeleland South. CITE reports that one of the immigrants was very ill.
This was confirmed by Matabeleland South Provincial Medical Director, Dr Rudo Chikodzere who told CITE that the Ethiopian national is currently receiving treatment.Dr Chikodzore said:
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Among the 15 foreigners from Ethiopia, there was one who was very ill and we have made an assessment and the patient does not have any symptoms of Coronavirus but is dehydrated and weak.
According to the case definition, he did not fit the coronavirus definition. We will continue to take precautionary measures and manage him as a suspected case.
So we are going to quarantine all of them for the next 21 days to ensure that everyone is safe.
Villagers were overwhelmed by fear thinking that the ill immigrant could have the novel coronavirus which could have been spread to villagers.
Zimbabwean borders are very porous and some say that they constitute a soft spot for revenue leakage.