By Lloyd Takawira
Two more people have tested positive for COVID 19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to thirteen.
In a statement the Ministry of Health and Child Care said the two new cases in Harare were contacts of the tenth case.
The two recently travelled from the United Kingdom and are now self isolating at their homes.
To date Zimbabwe has 13 confirmed cases of the corona virus and three deaths.
463 people have been tested and 450 have tested negative.
“The Ministry would like to report that, the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory tested 25 samples. Two of these tested positive for COVII)-I9.
Therefore, to date, Zimbabwe has thirteen confirmed cases of COVID-19, including three deaths.
“The two new cases involve two 21 year-old male residents of Harare who travelled from the UK together with case #10. As part of contact tracing and follow-up, the local COVID-19 Rapid Response Team visited their homes, and samples were collected for COVID-19 testing. Both are clinically stable. with mild disease and under self-isolation at home”. the statement r
The ministry also urged people to continue practicing social distancing and practicing hygiene.
“The Ministry continues to be on HIGH alert to the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to remind the nation that, the most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to practise good personal hygiene and exercise social distancing”.
Globally more than 1.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and about 100,000 deaths have been recorded raising fear that the novel coronavirus could kill more people.
According to WHO the infection risk remains very high.