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13 VID, Zimra officers at Beitbridge test positive for Covid-19

AT least 13 Beitbridge Border Post officials have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Of the 13 cases, eight are said to be from the Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) and three from the Customs and Excise Department.

Beitbridge district medical officer Linos Samhere could neither deny nor confirm the development saying he was not authorised to speak to the press.

Beitbridge district medical officer Linos Samhere could neither deny nor confirm the development. “Those statistics should be given by Harare. I am not allowed to speak to the Press,” Samhere said.

The Beitbridge Border Post was closed on March 1 and will reopen on December 1.

Zimbabweans crossing illegally into SA to shop for groceries load up and cross back into their country using one of many wide gaps in the expensive Beitbridge border fence. Image: Thapelo Morebudi.

The COVID-19 scare at the border post also comes at a time scores of people are reportedly using undesignated crossing points which might worsen the spread of the virus.

Active coronavirus cases have been on the rise in recent weeks with the figure now at 1 192 as of 29 November 2020 after 128 more people tested positive. ■

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