Zimbabwe recorded 490 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, one of the highest single day infections since the outbreak started in March, bringing the nationwide tally to 3 659. As locally transmitted infections continue to spike, only five of the 490 cases are imported while the rest are local infections.
In an update on Saturday night, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said two people from Bulawayo Province, a female aged 52 and a male aged 62, succumbed to the virus, bringing the country’s death toll to 69. The number of people who have recovered from the virus increased by seven to 1 011, leaving 2 579 active cases. The country has done a total of 132 535 Covid-19 tests to date.
Effective Wednesday 22 July 2020, the southern African nation imposed a curfew to curb rising cases of Covid-19. While essential services are exempted, the curfew runs from 6 pm to 6 am. However, the measures will be reviewed once the situation improves.
Zimbabwe first imposed a total lockdown at the end of March, which had been gradually eased over the past months as more sectors of the economy opened up.