By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu
Zimbabwe has recorded it’s largest number of Covid-19 deaths in a day after five people died yesterday.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the country to 18 deaths.
“Today we regret to report five deaths; 3 at community level and 2 at facility level. These deaths occurred in Harare and Bulawayo provinces and were detected during routine post mortem as part of our Covid -19 surveillance. We await the full post mortem reports of the direct causes of death,” the Ministry of Health and Child Care said.
Bulawayo province now has a total of 7 deaths and Harare now has a total of 8 deaths.
40 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded yesterday.
“Fourty cases tested positive for Covid -19 yesterday. These include returnees from South Africa (6), Liberia (4) and 30 local cases who are all isolated. These local cases consist of 13 health care workers from Mpilo (10) and (3) from a quarantine centre in Matabeleland South Province. Five cases of the local cases are contacts of known confirmed cases.
Investigations are underway to establish the source of infection for the remaining 25.”
No recoveries were recorded yesterday.
Yesterday 778 RDT screening tests and 894 PCR diagnostic tests were done. The cumulative number of tests done to date is 88 436 (52 037 RDT and 36 399PCR).
Since the onset of the Covid -19 outbreak on 20 March 2020, the total number of confirmed cases is 982, recovered 320, active cases 644 and 18 deaths.