The government has advised the nation to keep calm, insisting the country had not confirmed any COVID-19 cases to date.
This follows widespread rumours that the government was covering up confirmed cases including a Mutare woman who has since died after returning from China.
In a press statement released the 8th of March, the Ministry of Health and Child Care emphasised that all identified suspected cases have been appropriately followed up, tested and confirmed negative for coronavirus.
“Additional samples from all suspected cases are being sent for confirmation testing by the Reference Laboratory in South Africa. Again all the samples tested negative for coronavirus,” government said.
The Ministry advised the nation to exercise good personal hygiene including frequent washing of hands with soap and water, covering of mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing as well as minimising contact with people traveling from affected countries.