Zimbabwe has identified its first case of the omicron variant of Covid-19, just a day after imposing a 10-day mandatory quarantine on all visitors.
"We've already identified that it's now in the country," he said.
Chiwenga did not go into further detail about the case's origins.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa gazetted rules imposing quarantine on all visitors entering the country, including returning residents, on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans who work and live in neighboring South Africa, which was the first to report the discovery of the new variant on November 25, are expected to return home for the holidays.
"We want everyone to be safe, so let's get vaccinated and then stick to the rules," Chiwenga said.
"We don't want to end up having to implement additional safeguards."
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