The restriction of people's movements to and from China in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus, has negatively impacted…

Zimbabwe

Coronavirus hurts Zimbabwean tourism

The restriction of people's movements to and from China in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus, has negatively impacted Zimbabwe's tourism industry and small to medium enterprises.

Local media in Zimbabwe said due to the outbreak, entrepreneurs could not travel to China to import clothes, cellphones and vehicle spare parts for resale for fear of contracting the deadly virus.

Chinese tourists have also significantly cut down foreign travel to avoid further spreading the virus which has killed more than 2 700 people, mostly in mainland China. Over 79 000 cases have been reported.

Earlier this month, it was reported that numerous Chinese shop owners in Namibia who had travelled to their country for the year-end break had opted to stay there instead of returning to Windhoek's Chinatown, a vast complex of nearly 200 retail, wholesale, food and electronics outlets. 

In one block of 90 shops, 20 stores have reportedly not re-opened.

On Monday, Standard Bank donated N$750 000 to China through its embassy in South Africa towards the fight against the virus.

“This disease, this epidemic has the ability to affect the entire world, so it is in our own interests to ensure its eradication. Secondly, and more importantly, as South Africa, we believe in showing solidarity with the Chinese people,” the bank's chief executive officer, Sim Tshabalala, said.

“This is not just a Chinese issue, it affects the entire world,” he said.

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