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Zimbabwe Covid-19 cases breaches 400 as more returnees test positive

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe yesterday recorded 10 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country’s total confirmed infections to 401, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said. The new Covid-19 cases came out of 364 RDT screening tests and 427 PCR diagnostic tests conducted countrywide.

Most of the Covid-19 positive cases recorded in the country involve people returning mostly from neighboring countries, especially South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique, with very few locally-transmitted cases so far registered. “Ten cases tested positive for Covid-19 today (Wednesday). These are all returnees from South Africa and are all isolated,” the ministry said in its daily update.

Mashonaland Central Province reported one recovery. “To date the total number of confirmed cases is 401, recovered 63, active cases 334 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.

The southern African nation has tightened security at quarantine centres for returnees to ensure no one escaped. It has taken a further step of publishing names of those who abscond. Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said there are 2 352 returnees at quarantine centres countrywide

“Focus will therefore continue to be put on testing returnees, separating the positive cases from the negatives before transporting them to the various quarantine centres across the country’s provinces,” she said.

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