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Zimbabwe hints at tightening lockdown as coronavirus cases rise

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe on Wednesday recorded another biggest spike in cases of local transmission of Covid-19 as infections continue on an upward trend, ballooning to 885 cases.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care said 43 of the 47 cases recorded were due to local transmission. “Forty-three of the local cases are contacts of known confirmed cases, investigations are underway to establish the source of infection for the other four local cases,” it said. On Tuesday, the southern African nation recorded 53 local cases of Covid-19.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana has hinted on returning to full scale lockdown to curtail a wild fire spread of infections. Harare has the vast majority of positive Covid-19 cases followed by the country’s second largest city Bulawayo.

“If there is any scaling up of containment measures, a more surgical approach is better. It means full scale lockdown should only apply to Harare and Bulawayo,” said in a tweet. Zimbabwe is currently in level 2 national lockdown for an indefinite period to slow the spread of Covid-19.

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