Three people died of Covid-19 on Thursday – the most in a day since the disease was first detected in Zimbabwe on March 20.
The deaths came as 41 more people tested positive for the virus, taking the country’s total to 926.
The ministry of health said 36 of the 41 were local transmissions, while the others were returnees from South Africa, Japan, Sweden and Namibia.
“Today we regret to report three deaths – two at Sally Mugabe Hospital (formerly Harare Hospital) and one at Parirenyatwa Hospital. These were detected as part of routine testing of all deaths that occur in admitted patients in hospitals,” the ministry of health said in a statement on Friday.
Zimbabwe had not reported more than one death in a 24-hour cycle until Thursday. The latest deaths took the death toll to 12.
Authorities also reported the highest number of recoveries – 100 – after Zimbabwe adopted new World Health Organisation guidelines under which people can be considered to have recovered after symptoms disappear within 13 days of onset, even if they are still producing positive test results.
Zimbabwe imposed a national lockdown on March 30 to slow down the spread of the virus, but businesses have been allowed to re-open and internal travel restrictions eased.
The new spike in infections has left officials contemplating re-imposing a lockdown in the capital Harare and the second city Bulawayo which have the most cases.
Government critics say authorities do not have a true picture of infections because of low testing. On Thursday, just over 35,000 PCR tests had been conducted.