Zimbabwe health authorities confirmed on Monday five new coronavirus infections, pushing the tally to 7,531. Of the five new cases – all were caused by local transmission. “7 day rolling average for new cases further goes down to 33 from 59 yesterday,” the health ministry said in its daily update. The number of people who have recovered from the virus increased by 12 to 5,690, leaving 1,617 active cases. National Recovery rate stands at 76%.
Zimbabwe conducted 349 PCR tests today. A total of 224 people have succumbed to the virus so far. Meanwhile, no deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. In light of these high death numbers, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa said the government will continue to make preparations of facilities so as to be able to cope with any potential spike in infections.
“Therefore, as of the 13th of September 2020, planned works at 11 isolation centres had been completed with funding from Government and/or well-wishers,” she said. These include Covid-19 isolation centres at Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital and Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare Metropolitan Province, Victoria Falls Beat Aids in Matabeleland North Province, Rujeko Clinic and Mashava Gaths Mine Hospital in Masvingo Province.
Beitbridge and Plumtree District Hospitals in Matabeleland South Province, Chinengundu Clinic in Mashonaland West Province, Chipadze Training Center and Guruve District Hospital in Mashonaland Central Province. “Outstanding works at other Isolation Centres are at various levels of completion.” The most affected Provinces are the Metropolitan Provinces of Harare and Bulawayo.