JUST IN: Zimbabwe’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) positive cases increase

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The Ministry of Health and Child Care has reported one more COVID-19 positive case to take the number of confirmed cases to 36.

In its coronavirus (COVID-19) update for 9 May 2020 released on Sunday morning, the Ministry of Health said cumulatively, Zimbabwe has conducted 10 944 rapid screening tests and 9 593 PCR diagnostic tests to date.

It said that more details on Case #36 will be given in the next update.

The latest update reads in part:

The Ministry would like to report that today, 375 rapid screening tests and 768 PCR tests were done in the public sector.

Additionally, 351 rapid screening tests and 84 PCR tests were done in the private sector giving a total of 726 rapid screening tests and 852 PCR tests done today.

One of the PCR tests done in Harare today was positive for COVID-19, whilst all the PCR tests done at the National TB Reference Lab in Bulawayo were negative for COVID-19.

More details on the latest case to be given in tomorrow’s update.

Therefore, to date, Zimbabwe now has thirty-six confirmed cases, including nine recoveries and four deaths.

Cumulatively, a total of 10 944 rapid screening tests and 9 593 PCR diagnostic tests have been done to date.

… Case #35 reported yesterday is a 50-year-old female resident of Harare, with no recent history of travel, or any known contact with a person with respiratory symptoms.

She was admitted at a private hospital on the 27th of April 2020 with a history of vomiting, general body weakness and shortness of breath on a background of comorbidities.

Following the COVID-19 diagnosis, she has since been transferred to Wilkins Hospital for management under isolation.

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, always wear a face mask in public places and exercise social distancing.

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


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