The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has temporarily closed its Bulawayo offices after a member of staff tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus.
In a statement on Saturday, ZIMRA said the employee was one of three employees who had been quarantined after serving an infected client in April. The statement reads:
A Revenue Officer who was based at (the) Bulawayo Port offices served an infected client on 18 March 2020 together with two other officers.
Having received the information that the client had tested positive for COVID-19, the three officers then proceeded to self- quarantine from 27 March to 26 April 2020 in line with World Health Organisation guidelines.
Upon returning to work on 27 April 2020, the three Officers were tested by the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
The test results came out on 29 April 2020 and unfortunately one of the results came out positive with the other two being negative.
… All the tested staff members and individuals have since been put under mandatory self-isolation for at least 14 days.
As an extra precaution, the Authority has closed its Bulawayo Offices with effect from 01 May 2020 to allow for comprehensive disinfection.
The Offices will be opened as soon as the MHCC certifies the re-opening.