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Covid-19: 28 returnees from SA test positive as Zim’s cases reach 265

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe yesterday reported 28 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country’s total confirmed infections to 265, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said.

The new Covid-19 cases came out of 700 RDT screening tests and 598 PCR diagnostic tests conducted countrywide. The majority of the country’s cases are from returnees from worst hit nations in the region and beyond, with very few locally-transmitted cases so far registered. “Twenty-eight cases tested positive for Covid-19 today (Friday). These are all returnees from South Africa and are all isolated,” the Health Ministry confirmed this in its daily Covid-19 update.

Also, the country recorded two new recoveries. “To date the total number of confirmed cases is 265, recovered 33, active cases 228 and four deaths, since the onset of the outbreak on 20 March 2020.” So far, the biggest rise was when the southern African nation recorded 76 new cases of Covid-19 in one day and is partly explained by the government’s expanded testing regime now in place. All new cases except one were reported among returnees from mainly SA and Botswana.

Also, the southern African nation has tightened security at quarantine centres for returnees to ensure no one escaped. This comes amid a total of 149 returnees escaped from quarantine centres and some have been apprehended and charged. Zimbabwe is currently in level 2 national lockdown for an indefinite period to slow the spread of Covid-19.

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