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Govt shuts down Chegutu Hospital after worker dies of COVID-19

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  • A nearby clinic due to rising local numbers of COVID-19 cases in the medical centres within the town.

CHEGUTU District Hospital, which is one of the largest referral medical facilities in Mashonaland West Province, has been shutdown following a COVID-19 outbreak which has resulted in the death of one of the workers.

Provincial Epidemiology Disease Control officer, Dr. Gift Masoja, told reporters that they have also shutdown a nearby clinic due to rising local numbers of COVID-19 cases in the medical centers.

Dr. Masoja said the dead Chegutu General Hospital employee was working in the pharmacy department.

He said they decided to shutdown the hospital in order to clean it up with chemicals recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr. Masoja said health officials are worried about the large number of people who are not wearing masks in the province.

He urged locals to wear masks in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Zimbabwe has had 8,075 confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 231 deaths as at 16 October 2020.

Government declared the COVID-19 crisis a “national disaster” on Friday, March 27, a move allowing it to commandeer State resources towards fighting COVID-19, to use emergency regulations, and to deploy personnel for the same services.

Meanwhile, travelers who arrive in Zimbabwe with a negative COVID-19 test performed within 48 hours of arrival may proceed to their homes where they must quarantine for 14 days.

Arriving passengers without a COVID-19 test must either be tested upon arrival or quarantine in a government center for 14 days. 

Diplomats are exempt from the testing requirement, but must still respect the 14-day home quarantine. Borders remain open for cargo and those with special permits. – Zimbabwe Voice

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