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|2020 coronavirus pandemic in Zimbabwe|
|Index case||Victoria Falls|
|Arrival date||20 March 2020|
(1 week and 6 days)
Zimbabwe saw its first COVID-19 case from a male resident of Victoria Falls who travelled back from the UK via South Africa on 15 March. No deaths have been reported initially as erroneously indicated in some sources since the patient continues with self-isolation at home and showing signs of recovery.
Two more cases in the country were confirmed on 21 March, both cases were in Harare. On the 23 March, it was confirmed that noted Zimbabwean journalist Zororo Makamba was the first person in the country to pass away from the virus.
Before there were any confirmed cases in the country, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had declared a national emergency, putting in place travel restrictions and banning large gatherings. The country's defence minister Oppah Muchinguri caused controversy by stating the coronavirus could be a divine punishment on Western nations for imposing sanctions on Zimbabwe.
On March 23, President Mnangagwa announced additional measures: 1) closure of Zimbabwe's borders to all non-essential travel, except for returning residents and cargo; 2) closure of bars, nightclubs, movie houses, swimming pools, and sporting activities; 3) restriction of all public gatherings to fewer than 50 people; and 4) restriction of hospital visits to no more than one per day. On March 27 the government announced that the country would go into a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from the 30 March onwards.
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