Cases of local transmission of coronavirus have continued to surge in Zimbabwe, with a monthly high of 227 new ones recorded on Wednesday, health authorities said.Of the 227 cases, Mash West recorded the highest (101).
“227 new cases and 3 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. Seven day rolling average for new cases rose to 106 from 87 yesterday (Tuesday),” the health ministry said in its daily update.Results came out of 1352 PCR tests conducted yesterday with positivity at 16.8%.
The number of people who have recovered from the virus increased by 103 to 9 702, leaving 1 734 active cases. A total of 313 people have succumbed to the virus so far.Cumulatively, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said the country had now recorded 11 749 cases.Meanwhile, the health ministry said that there are Laboratories carrying out Covid-19 testing without the prior requirement of assessment and certification.
“The Ministry of Health and Child Care wishes to advise the public that only Laboratories that have been assessed and certified by the health ministry in collaboration with the Medical Laboratory and Clinical Scientists Council of Zimbabwe and the WHO are the only labs approved to carry out COVID-19 testing and publish results,” tweeted Thursday on its official account.
“Any Lab that wishes to carry out Covid-19 testing should apply to the Medical Laboratory and Clinical Scientist Council of Zimbabwe.
All results from any unauthorized lab shall be regarded as invalid and of no use for the purposes for which they were intended to serve. Any health institution concerned which contravenes Part XVII, section 99(1) of the Health Professions Act [Chapter 27:19] shall be dealt with in terms of section 99(2) of the same Act.”