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Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 deaths rise to eight, infections nears 700

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe on Saturday recorded seventy-three new infections of Covid-19, bringing the national cumulative cases to 698, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said. While imported cases still account for the bulk of infections, local transmissions have been on the rise in the past few weeks.

“Seventy-three (73) cases tested positive for Covid-19 today. These include returnees from South Africa (55), Botswana (3), Mozambique (3), USA (2), Australia (1), Zambia (1) and eight local cases who are isolated,” the Ministry of Health said in a daily update. The Ministry said investigations were underway to establish the source of the local Covid-19 cases.

“Two of the local cases are contacts of known confirmed cases, investigations are underway to establish the source of infection for the other six cases,” it said. “Today we regret to report a facility death of a female aged 21, from Harare Province, who tested positive today with no history of travel and had co-morbidities.”

However, five new recoveries were recorded today bringing the total tally to 181. The Ministry of Health added that: “To date the total number of confirmed cases is 698, recovered 181, active cases 509 and 8 deaths, since the onset of the outbreak on 20 March 2020.” The number of tests carried out to date to ascertain infection now stands at 78 465.

Zimbabwe is under a level 2 lockdown for an indefinite period aimed at minimising citizens’ movement and gatherings to curtail a wild fire spread of infections, which could stretch the country’s healthcare system.The southern African nation is poised to raise ZWL$500 million to support government’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic through issuance of treasury bills (TBs).

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