Zimbabwe’s coronavirus cases have worryingly surpassed the 500 mark after 23 new infections were recorded on Monday 22 June 2020.
This development was announced by the Ministry of Health and Child Care in its COVID-19 update which notes that of the twenty-three (23) new cases, twenty-one (21) are returnees from South Africa while two (2) are local cases. and are all isolated.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 512. Meanwhile, recoveries are at 64, active cases 442 and 6 deaths.
The country’s Covid-19 chief coordinator in the Office of the President and Cabinet Dr Agnes Mahomva has said the recent record jump in confirmed Covid-19 cases was more because of a spike in testing after more kits were procured, rather than an increase in infection rates. In an interview with the Herald on Friday, Dr Mahomva said:
We have since started contact tracing of the local transmissions as we always do with any confirmed case and we are hoping to get finer details once that process is complete.
This process is bound to increase the number of people being tested and the more the people are tested, the more the cases we are also bound to confirm.
Most of the cases recorded recently were returnees in quarantine centres prompting some to believe that some were getting infected in quarantine centres.
The government has however allayed the fears saying inmates are tested upon arrival which means those who test positive would be positive before the quarantine.
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