JUST IN: 3 people test positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) as cases rise in Zimbabwe


Zimbabwe’s coronavirus cases have jumped from 25 to 28 after three more people tested positive for the virus on Tuesday 21 April 2020.

The development was announced by the Ministry of Health and Child Care in a statement which observed that the three new cases were from Harare.

The statement read:

Today, a total of 841 tests were done as detailed in table 1 below, giving a total of 4 159 screening and diagnostic tests done to date.

Mash. West- 30
Mat. North – 17
Manicaland – 94
Masvingo – 3
Mash. East – 29
Mash. Central – 113
Mat. South – 102
Midlands – 63
Harare – 158
Bulawayo – 232

TOTAL – 841

As at 21.00hrs on 21 April 2020, from the 93 PCR results received from the NMRL, 3 were positive for COVID-19. Results for 65 samples are still pending. All the PCR tests done in Bulawayo today were negative for COVID-19.

Therefore, to date, Zimbabwe now has twenty-eight confirmed cases, including two recoveries and three deaths.

Table 2. Number of confirmed cases to date
Matabeleland North 1

Bulawayo – 10
Harare – 13*
Mashonaland East – 4
Total – 28

*More details on the 3 new confirmed eases to follow.*

The Ministry continues to be on HIGH alert to the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to remind the nation that the most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to practise good personal hygiene and exercise social distancing.

When you use a mask, cover your mouth and nose, and make sure that there are no gaps between your face and the mask. Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. If masks are not used correctly, they can be a source of infection.

For assistance, please call the COVID-19 tollfree hotline number: 2019.

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