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Zimbabwe Covid-19 cases breaches 6 000, the health ministry says

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe’s confirmed Covid-19 cases have surpassed 6 000, the health ministry said on Monday, as figures of local transmission remain worrisome and continue to rise. The southern African nation recorded 140 new cases in the last 24 hours. Of the total, 134 were due to local transmission while the rest were imported.

In an update, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said no deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours. The number of people who have recovered from the virus increased by 78 to 1 998, leaving 965 active cases. As of today, the country has now recorded 6 070 cases, 4 950 recoveries and 155 deaths.

According to ad-hoc inter-ministerial taskforce on Covid-19, recoveries have risen from 1 998 to 4 442 for the period between 14 August to 19 August 2020 largely due to the changes in the determination of the serostatus – the state of either having or not having detectable antibodies of Covid-19 in patients.

Resultantly, active cases have also dropped to 1 051. There are presently 1 293 persons in quarantine facilities, which marks a significant reduction from the figures reported in previous weeks. This again follows the WHO recommendation that the quarantine period be reduced from 21 to 14 days.

Zimbabwe has intensified capacity building programs among health workers in rural areas as part of its multi-pronged approach to dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. “The training of trainers is underway in all 8 rural and two metropolitan Provinces. Training of village and community health workers is also underway in all districts,” Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said after Monday’s Covid-19 national task-force meeting.

“Village health workers are vital to the country’s health delivery system as they interface with communities on a day to day basis. In the current COVID19 context, their role has expanded beyond engaging communities in prevention and protective measures, to include detection and responses in containing the pandemic. To this end, their current training links them with local health facility staff and rapid response teams.”

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