Harare-Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 cases soared to alarming levels this week amid reports that cases have been recorded from citizens returning from South Africa, Botswana are currently under quarantine.
In a statement, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said the new cases were discovered from among locals who are under quarantine.
“Seventeen cases tested positive for Covid19 today. These are all returnees from Mozambique registering 9, South Africa 7 and United Kingdom 1.They are all in quarantine centers. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed Covid19 cases to 149,” said the ministry.
According to the ministry, 2 005 RDT screening tests and 490 PCR diagnostic tests were done.
“The cumulative number of tests done to date is 40 847 (24 407 RDT and 16 440 PCR). To date, the total number of confirmed cases is 149, recovered 28, active cases 117 and four deaths since the outbreak on March 20 2020,” the Health Ministry said.
On Wednesday cases accelerated to a shocking 132, up from 56, after 76 new cases had been recorded in Beitbridge, Masvingo and Harare.
The cases have been attributed to the high number of Zimbabweans returning from neighbouring countries after the easing of lockdown border restrictions.
Citizens had been left stranded after the Covid-19 induced lockdown. Some returnees have been using unofficial entry points posing a high risk since they avoid mandatory quarantine.
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