By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu
A total of 28 returnees from South Africa in quarantine centres have tested positive for Covid-19.
The surge in numbers of returnees testing positive for the corona virus has however raised concerns that they might be contracting the virus in quarantine centres.
Recently the Health ministry was ordered by the High Court to improve living conditions in the quarantine centres, ensure they are regularly disinfected and social distancing is maintained
The new cases bring the total confirmed cases in Zimbabwe to 265 with 228 active cases.
“Twenty eight cases tested positive for Covid -19 yesterday. These are all returnees from South Africa and are all isolated. Yesterday 700 RDT screening tests and 5987 PCR diagnostic tests were done. The cumulative number of tests done to date is 52 218 (31 218 RDT and 21 000 PCR),” the Ministry said in it’s Covid19 update.
Mashonaland East had the highest number of new cases that tested positive 17, Midlands had five cases, Manicaland with three cases while Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South each had single positive cases.
Two new recoveries were recorded yesterday amounting to 33 cases of recoveries in Bulawayo and Matabeleland North.
“To date the total number of confirmed cases is 265, recovered 33, with 228 active cases and four deaths.”
According to the World Health Organisation report, globally 6 644 011 positive cases have been confirmed and 391 839 deaths.