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Family of Masvingo 1st Covid-19 case still at Teachers’

Close to 300 people are quarantined at masvingo Teachers’s College

Moses Ziyambi

Three family members of a Masvingo
woman who tested positive for coronavirus are still quarantined at Masvingo
Teachers’ College since local health authorities have not yet received their
own test results, the Provincial Medical Director (PMD) Dr Amadeus Shamu has
said.
The woman, who is the first confirmed
coronavirus positive case for Masvingo province, has since been moved from the
quarantine centre and is now in self-isolation at her home in Rujeko high
density suburb.
Shamu made the remarks while responding
to questions from journalists during a press briefing addressed by the Minister
of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Ezra Chadzamira earlier
today.
“A team from the Ministry of
Health and Child Care went to her home in Rujeko and ascertained that the place
is suitable for her to self-isolate. She is asymptomatic and the team will pay
her daily visits as part of the monitoring procedures,” said Shamu.
Being asymptomatic means a
patient is not yet producing any visible signs of an infection even though the
virus, bacteria, fungi or parasite is present in his/her body.
The woman, who tested positive on
her eighth day in quarantine, came from Botswana with her daughter who has her
own two minor children.
“They have all been tested but
what remains is for us to receive their results so that we know what course of
action to take. We cannot release anybody at the moment since we don’t know
whether they are negative or positive,” said Shamu.
Specimens were taken on May 15
but very few of the close to 300 people housed there have received their
results apparently due to a backlog at the Bulawayo-based National TB Reference
Laboratory where Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests for Masvingo province
are conducted.
Some people at the quarantine
centre have grown restive, saying it was only logical for the other family
members to be treated as high suspects and be separated from the rest of the
people since they shared space with the a now confirmed positive case.

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