Coronavirus-19 disease (COVID-19): a case series of early suspected cases reported and the implications towards the response to the pandemic in Zimbabwe

Richard Makurumidze

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Zimbabwe is among the countries that have been identified to be at risk of the COVID-19 pandemic. As of the 15th of March 2020, there was no confirmed case of the virus. Official reports of suspected cases were used to appraise the general screening, case management, and the emergency preparedness and response of the country towards the COVID-19 pandemic. In terms of the surveillance and capacity to screen at the ports of entry, the country seems to be faring well. The country might not be screening optimally, considering the number of COVID-19 tests conducted to date and the suspected cases who missed testing. Three of the suspected cases faced mental, social, and psychological consequences due to them being suspected cases of COVID-19. There is a need to enhance the screening process and infrastructure at all the ports of entry. More COVID-19 diagnostic tests should be procured to increase the testing capacity. Training and awareness on mental, social, and psychological consequences of COVID-19 should be offered to the health care workers and the general public. More financial resources should be sourced to enable the country control the pandemic. Copyright (C) 2020, Taiwan Society of Microbiology. Published by Elsevier Taiwan LLC.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Microbiology Immunology and Infection
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)493-498
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Emergency preparedness and response

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