The Ministry of Health and Child Care has reported that as of 17 May 2020, Zimbabwe had officially recorded 46 coronavirus cases including 4 deaths and 18 recoveries.
We present the ministry’s full statement below.
Highlights of the situation report.
- Two (2) cases tested positive for COVID-19 today. One is a male returnee from the United Kingdom and the second is a truck driver who initially tested positive In Zambia and again tested positive on re-testing in Harare. Both cases are stable and are in self-isolation at home In Harare.
- Today 671 RDT screening tests and 279 PCR diagnostic tests were done. The cumulative number of tests done to date is 28 019 (15 455 RDT and 12564 PCR).
- To date, the total number of confirmed cases is 46, recovered 18, active cases 24 and 4 deaths since the onset of the outbreak on 20 March 2020.
- Bulawayo – 12 Cases
- Harare – 22 Cases
- Mash East – 6 Cases
- Mash West – 5 Cases
- Mat North – 1 Case
The mandatory use of face masks in all public places remains In place. Babies and children under 2 years of age should not wear face masks as they cannot remove the masks when they feel suffocated. As much as possible, babies and young children should be kept away from public places.