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Covid-19: Zimbabwe records 74 new cases as total soars to 4,649

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe’s coronavirus cases reached 4 649 on Sunday as the health ministry reported 74 new cases. As locally transmitted infections continue to spike, only 17 of the 74 cases are imported while the rest are local infections.

In an update, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said two people succumbed to the virus, bringing the country’s death toll to 104. The number of people who have recovered from the virus increased by 21 to 1 437, leaving 3 108 active cases.

As of yesterday, the country conducted a total of 1 293 PCR Tests. Responding to the spike in Covid-19 cases, government has ordered ministries to have just 15 percent of their staff on duty at any one time, but the rest staying at home on standby and being available to help cope with surges in work and being given more work to do at home.

The southern African nation imposed a curfew to curb rising cases of Covid-19. While essential services are exempted, the curfew runs from 6 pm to 6 am. Zimbabwe first imposed a total lockdown at the end of March, which had been gradually eased over the past months as more sectors of the economy opened up.

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