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Zimbabwe's COVID-19 cases now at 160

by staff reporter
30 May 2020 at 10:16hrs | Views
Zimbabwe's COVID-19 cases continue to rise as 9 returnees from South Africa and Botswana and 2 locals tested positive for the virus on Friday bringing to 160 the total number of confirmed cases.

There's been a surge in the number of COVID-19 infections recorded in Zimbabwe, most of them imported from South Africa and Botswana. More than 3,000 Zimbabweans - including busloads from South Africa - have been trekking back home in recent weeks.

At the weekend some of them quarantined in Harare staged a protest at having to pay for COVID-19 tests in US dollars.

On Thursday, Zimbabwe recorded 17 new cases, the second-highest daily tally which took the country total to 149 while on Wednesday, cases more than doubled from 56 to 132, stunning officials who had only announced a previous daily high of five since the virus first landed in the country on March 20.

In its daily update for 29 May 2020, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) revealed that a total of 11 COVID-19 cases were detected from 2 346 RDT screening tests and 420 PCR diagnostic tests that were done.

MoHCC said in a statement: "Eleven (11) cases tested positive for COVID-19 today. These include 9 returnees, Botswana (2) and South Africa (7) and 2 local cases who are all isolated.

"Today 2346 RDT screening tests and 420 PCR diagnostic tests were done. The cumulative number of tests done to date is 46 613 (26 753 RDT and 16 860 PCR).

"To date the total number of confirmed cases is 160; recovered 29, active cases 127 and 4 deaths since the onset of the outbreak on 20 March 2020."

Source - online