Cross Border Traders Association (CBTA) president Killer Zivhu has said his association has struck a deal with Kei Laboratories for them to access COVID-19 tests at a concessionary rate.
While other local laboratories charge up to US$60 for such a test, Kei Laboratories will charge US$15 for cross border traders.
Addressing the media in Harare on Monday, Zivhu said the majority of cross border traders could not afford the US$60 for PCR tests because they have not been operating for nine months. He said:
… we have entered into an agreement with Kei Laboratories that they test every Cross Border Traders Association member at US$15 or R170 on going out of Zimbabwe, and US$10 on coming back. This comes as a boost to our members.
Zivhu said the association was discouraging the setting up of laboratories at border posts, as people should only travel to the border when they know their status.
He added that people must be tested at their places and only travel after knowing their status to avoid the risk of spreading the coronavirus.