The Ministry of Health and Child Care has released a statement updating the nation on the novel coronavirus.

The ministry said that as of 26 April 2020, Zimbabwe had a total of 31 coronavirus cases including 4 deaths and 5 recoveries.

Below is the Ministry’s statement in full below.

As of  26 April 2020, a cumulative total of 2 804 796 confirmed cases and 193 722 deaths were reported from more than 210 countries/territories globally (Source WHO Sitrep No. 97)

The Ministry would like to report that today, a total of 328 tests were done, giving a total of 6 395 screening and diagnostic tests done to date. All the PCR tests done in Harare and Bulawayo today were negative for COVID-19.

Therefore, to date, Zimbabwe has thirty-one confirmed cases including five recoveries and four deaths as detailed in the table below.

  • Matabeleland North – 1 case – 0 recovered- 0 deaths

  • Bulawayo – 10 cases – 0 recovered- 1 death
  • Harare – 13 cases – 0 recovered- 2 deaths
  • Mashonaland East – 4 cases – 4 recovered- 0 deaths
  • Mashonaland West – 3 cases – 0 recovered- 1 death
  • Total – 31

 The Ministry of Health continues to be on HIGH alert to the COVI-19 pandemic. As part of the intensified surveillance and contact tracing the Ministry has to date identified and collected samples from 69 contacts of the late case #27.

Case N29 and Case N30 reported yesterday involve a 46-year-old female and 66-year-old male patients respectively. Both are residents of Mhondoro, and were direct contacts of the late, case #27. The Rapid Response Team visited them at home in their village for assessment and collected samples for testing. Currently, they have been advised to self-isolate at home as both have mild disease.

Case #31 also reported yesterday is a 31-year-old Harare resident who returned from the United Kingdom on the 13th April 2020. He is stable and currently on mandatory isolation.

The Ministry continues to remind the nation that the most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to practice good personal hygiene and exercise social distancing.

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