Zimbabwe’s Coronavirus positive cases increase (FULL STATEMENT)


The Ministry of Health and Child Care has reported one more COVID-19 positive case to take the number of confirmed cases to 37.

In its coronavirus (COVID-19) update for 11 May 2020 released on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Health said cumulatively, Zimbabwe has conducted a total of 12 498 rapid screening tests and 10 598 PCR diagnostic tests to date.

The Ministry said Case #37 was recorded from one of the PCR tests done in Harare and more details on the case will be given in the next update.

The latest update reads in part:

As of the 11 May 2020, 4006 257 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 278 892 deaths have been reported from more than 210 countries/ territories globally (WHO Situation report 112).

The Ministry would like to report that today, 740 rapid screening tests and 670 PCR tests were done in the public sector.

Additionally, 94 rapid screening tests and 56 PCR tests were done in the private sector giving a total of 834 rapid screening tests and 726 PCR tests done today.

One of the PCR tests done in Harare today was positive for COVID-19, whilst all the PCR tests done in Bulawayo today 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-seven confirmed cases, including twelve recoveries and four deaths.

Cumulatively, a total of 12 498 rapid screening tests and 10 598 PCR diagnostic tests have been done to date…

The latest recoveries include 3 cases from Harare. These were confirmed through two consecutive PCR negative tests from samples taken at least 24 hrs apart in line with the WHO guidance.

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.

— Pindula

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