By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu
A surge in the number of Covid-19 confirmed cases has been witnessed in the country with over a hundred positive cases being recorded daily.
A total of 172 cases tested positive yesterday with 152 being locally transmitted infections.
According to the Health ministry the death toll rose to 32 after four people died yesterday.
“One hundred and seventy -two (172) cases tested positive yesterday for Covid -19. These include returnees from South Africa (12), Botswana (8) and 152 local cases who are isolated.
Ninety 90 of the local cases are contacts of known confirmed cases, investigations are underway to establish the source of infection for the other 62 cases,” the Health Ministry said.
“Today we regret to report four deaths from Bulawayo, Harare and Midlands Provinces. The deaths from Bulawayo are both known male confirmed cases who were asymptomatic and with other comorbidities. The death from Harare is of a patient who tested positive for COVID -19 on the 14th of July 2020 and died in hospital on the 17th of July 2020 due to COVID -19 related complications (respiratory failure and acute kidney injury). The Midlands death is of a known male confirmed case who had symptoms and other comorbidities.”
Yesterday 122 RDT screening tests and 1055 PCR diagnostic tests were done. The cumulative number of tests done to date is 111 737 (65 826 RDT and 49 911 PCR).
Since the onset of the COVID -19 outbreak on 20 March 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is 2296, recovered 514, active cases 1750 and 32 deaths.