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Econet closes Joina City branch as staffer got exposed to COVID-19 patient

By Staff Writer

ZIMBABWE’S leading mobile network operator Econet has closed down its Joina City Shop in Harare’s CBD “with immediate effect” after one of its staff members came into contact with a person who tested positive to coronavirus.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Econet said: “We have, with immediate effect, closed our Joina City Shop in Harare in the interests of public health and safety. One of our staff members from the shop voluntarily disclosed that they came in contact with a person who later tested positive for the Coronavirus.

“We have therefore immediately triggered our internal protocols to protect the rest of the staff and our customers, and to support the staff member in question at this time.

“We are working with the staff member, who has gone into self-quarantine with their family, to get tested for the Coronavirus, and we are supporting them to take all the necessary steps to ensure their safety and that of others.

“The shop is right now undergoing thorough sanitization and cleaning by professionals, including trained personnel from our Clean City sanitation sister business.

“The shop will remain closed to the public until further notice,” Econet said in the statement.

Econet said while the company has put in place stringent health and safety measures to combat the spread of the Coronavirus at its offices and customer service centres, it will continue to review those measures as the situation evolved to ensure absolute safety for its staff and customers.

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The company has been leading a multipronged campaign to raise public awareness on how Zimbabweans can protect themselves from the COVID-19 epidemic, and how to prevent the spread of the virus.

Last week, it joined hands with the Harare City Council to disinfect some of the crowded hotspots of Harare’s Central Business District that include Copacabana, Market Square and Charge Office bus termini as the threats of coronavirus became real.

More details will follow… Zimbabwe Voice

If you suspect COVID-19 infection or wish to obtain more information on this disease, please call the Ministry of Health and Child Care on toll free hotline number 2019 for assistance.

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