Zim Covid19 cases still at 32 Murewa case treatment blunder explained

Staff Writer

THE Health Ministry has reported Wednesday that confirmed Covid19 cases for Zimbabwe are still at 32 and explained the reasons behind the recent Murewa case alleged blunders.

In a statement the health authorities said all tests conducted in Harare were negative.

“The Ministry would like to report that a total of 453 tests were done below giving a total of 7 287 screening and diagnostic tests done to date. All the PCR tests done in Harare today were negative of Covid19 while the results from Bulawayo today were still pending at the time of print. Therefore to date Zimbabwe has 32 confirmed cases including five recoveries and four deaths,” said the update.

However, the recent stats exclude figures from Bulawayo which had not come in at the time of going to print.

The update stated that case # 32 confirmed yesterday is a 52 years old male resident from Murehwa with no history of travel who was admitted at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on the 24th of April 2020.

He was receiving treatment under admission in a private ward for slide positive Malaria.

“He was tested for Covid19 in line with the intensified surveillance and active case finding strategy that is being implemented nationally. Under this approach all patients admitted in hospital are being tested for Covid19.He had responded well for the Malaria treatment and was due for discharge,” the update said.

The Ministry said he will continue with his recovery under self- isolation at home.

Contact tracing and appropriate infection prevention measures including decontamination at the hospital will be in line with our national guidelines.

The Ministry continues to be on high alert to the Covid19 pandemic and remind the nation that effective ways to protect yourself and others against Covid19 is to practise personal hygiene and exercise social distancing.



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