A fraud suspect who was detained at Bulawayo Central Police station reportedly caused a scene on Monday as he coughed and exuded COVID-19 symptoms like shortness of breath and wheezing prompting other detainees to bag on cell bars to call for officers to come and isolate him, The Chronicle reports.
ZRP National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident and said:
I can confirm that we had a suspect who exhibited symptoms of Covid-19. The rapid response team was called to the station and the suspect was taken to the Thorngrove Infectious Diseases Hospital for monitoring.
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We are waiting for the relevant health authorities to confirm if it’s a Covid-19 case or not. The safety of police officers and any other staff involved in Covid-19 activities is of primary concern to the Commissioner-General of police (Godwin Matanga). Government is mobilising resources to avail more protective equipment for police officers
The suspect had returned from South Africa and he is still in isolation at Thorngrove Hospital.
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