Zimbabwe on Friday recorded five new Covid-19 cases, raising the country’s total confirmed infections to 56, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said. In a statement, the Ministry said three of the four cases were recorded in quarantine centres where returning citizens are kept upon arrival into the country.
All arrivals into Zimbabwe are subjected to strict Covid-19 screening including a mandatory quarantine period of 21 days with testing being done on the first, eighth and 21st days. “These include one male returnee from Botswana who is in isolation in Gweru, 3 Malawian illegal immigrants who were intercepted by security authorities and in isolation in Beitbridge while awaiting deportation to Malawi and one female from Harare.
It added: “To date the total number of confirmed cases is 56: recovered 18, active cases 34 and 4 deaths since the onset of the outbreak on 20 March 2020”.
The new Covid-19 cases came out of 405 tests conducted countrywide yesterday. “Today 295 RDT screening tests and 110 PCR diagnostic tests were done. The cumulative number of tests done to date is 35 112 (19 918 RDT and 15 194 PCR) said the Health Ministry.
Covid-19 causes severe respiratory illness with signs and symptoms such as cough fever and shortness of breath.