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Police in Zimbabwe arrested two for selling fake coronavirus results

Christian Fernsby |
Police in Zimbabwe have arrested two men for selling fake negative coronavirus test results to travelers at the country’s northern Chirundu border post, which is the gateway to neighboring Zambia, local media reported Monday.

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Topics: ZIMBABWE   

The men were arrested on Dec. 3 while in possession of more than 330 blank stamped certificates, The Herald local news website reported.

“The suspects were arrested after a tipoff from members of the public, leading to the recovery of 334 blank stamped coronavirus certificates, two tubes containing glass capillaries, two testing kits, two receipt books, three plastic capillaries, a coronavirus test record register, a methylated spirit bottle and one packet of new needles in their office at Self-Med Complex,” it quoted national police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi as saying.

The men, who have no medical qualifications, were arrested after receiving US$120 from two complainants who wanted to cross the border, Nyathi added, according to the report.

Zimbabwean regulations require travelers to produce a PCR coronavirus clearance certificate issued by a recognized health facility within 48 hours before leaving the country by road or air. The PCR test costs about US$65 in Zimbabwe, according to The Herald.

The Herald also reported that some people working at Harare Central and Chitungwiza Central hospitals are issuing fake coronavirus certificates. Police responded by vowing to investigate and bring to book those who are involved in the illegal activity.

Cross-border traders as well as job-seekers and others “desperate for cheaper certificates are the major clients of the corrupt cartels,” said The Herald.

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