Zimbabwe: Masvingo Woman Tests Negative

27 March 2020

George Maponga and Rumbidzayi Zinyuke

A pregnant Masvingo woman who was on Tuesday placed in self-isolation on suspicion of having Covid-19, has tested negative and is on her way to recovery at home in Mucheke.

The development comes as two specimens were collected on Wednesday for testing after they arrived in Masvingo from outside the country recently. Results are expected today.

Meanwhile, one of the two suspected cases of Covid-19 in Mutare has tested negative, while results for the second patient are expected tomorrow.

Provincial medical director Dr Amadeous Shamu said results of the pregnant Masvingo woman who caused a stir at Masvingo General Hospital after showing signs of mild flu and repeated coughing, were negative of Covid-19.

Specimens from two other people who were recently outside the country were sent to Harare for tests while they were put on self-quarantine.

In terms of the Manicaland cases, the acting Manicaland provincial medical director Dr Munyaradzi Mukuzunga said: "We have received results for the person who has been self-isolating at home.

"We expect to receive results for the malaria patient who is at Mutare Provincial hospital tomorrow."

The patient had been placed in isolation since admission although he had recovered well from malaria.

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