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Zimbabwe Covid-19 cases soars to 160

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe recorded 11 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the country’s total confirmed infections to 160, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said. The new Covid-19 cases came out of 2 766 tests conducted countrywide yesterday.

The majority of the country’s cases are from returnees from worst hit nations in the region and beyond, with very few locally-transmitted cases so far registered. Most of the positive cases have been returnees from South Africa and Botswana in the region, and Britain from the wider world.

“Eleven cases tested positive for Covid-19 today (Friday). These include nine returnees, Botswana (two) and South Africa (seven) and two local cases who are all isolated,” the ministry said in a daily update. “To date the total number of confirmed cases is 160, recovered 29, active cases 127 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.

Also, the southern African nation is tightening security at quarantine centres for returnees to ensure no one escaped. This comes amid reports escape attempts had been made at some of the facilities.

Zimbabwe is currently in level 2 national lockdown for an indefinite period to slow the spread of Covid-19.

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