Kwekwe mayor dismisses Indian Covid-19 variant speculations

By Staff Reporter 

Kwekwe has dismissed reports that the Indian Covid-19 variant has hit the gold mining city. 

Following the death of Kwekwe Residents Chairperson Robson Kadenhe to Covid-19 complications last week, speculations has been rife that the 76 year old might have contracted the deadly Indian variant which he might have contracted from his granddaughter who had travelled from India in recent days. 

However, the granddaughter has since tested antigen negative. 

Addressing journalists on Monday, Mayor Angeline Kasipo said, though Kadenhe succumbed to Covid-19 complications, its untrue that he might have contracted the virus from his granddaughter.

Further there also have been no evidence that the city has been hit by the Indian variant as the city is awaiting Covid-19 results after conducting tests which have since been sent to Harare.

 “Mr Kadenhe died of Covid-19 related illnesses. We have to be cognizant of the fact that the granddaughter who had travelled from India tested antigen negative. Therefore, we cannot speculate that she brought the virus. We mustnt speculate,” Kasipo said.

She added that contrary to reports Kadenhe had not travelled to India. Kwekwe for the past two months has been recording zero Covid-19 cases.

 However, they are now currently 10 cases in the city.

Kasipo urged people to continue following World Health Organisation (WHO) stipulations in combating Covid-19.

“We want people to be careful, we dont know if we have a third wave or the Indian variant or anything. We are awaiting results which we sent to Kwekwe. People must therefore, not speculate,” she said.

As a City, Kasipo said Kwekwe has done everything within its power to contain the Covid-19 situation. 

“There is no need to panic but we need to take full precautions. For the past two months we have been recording zero cases, people must continue observing WHO guidlines. We are also encouraging people to get vaccinated,” she said. 

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