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Zimbabwe reports 407 new Covid-19 cases, highest figure since outbreak

By Almot Maqolo

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Zimbabwe on Saturday recorded 407 new Covid-19 cases, its highest daily figure since the outbreak of the pandemic. All are due to local transmission.

The southern African nation first introduced a tough lockdown in March but had gradually eased the restrictions. However, earlier on Saturday, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also health minister, announced stiff lockdown measures in an effort to curb a surge in coronavirus infections as it almost overwhelmed the country’s health system.
Chiwenga banned gatherings and ordered non-essential businesses closed for a month.

Health authorities say all 407 are local cases.
“Seven day rolling average for new cases spikes to 218 from 172 yesterday (Friday),” it said.
Out of the 407 new cases, Harare recorded (199) to bring its cumulative total to 4 060 cases, while Bulawayo province reported (41) and bringing its cumulative total to 3 520.

Results came out of 1834 PCR tests conducted yesterday with positivity at 22%.
The number of people who have recovered from the virus increased by 16 to 11363, leaving 2751 active cases. A total of 377 people have succumbed to the virus so far.
Cumulatively, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said the country had now recorded 14491 cases.


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