Zim yet to establish 25 Covid19 local cases causes as three die at home

Staff Writer

THE recent developments in Zimbabwe’s Covid19 fight which have seen authorities failing to establish the cause of 25 local cases infections and the fact that three people succumbed to the disease while at home has indicates deep weaknesses in the pandemic’s management.

Recent statistics show that forty cases tested positive for COVID19 as of Saturday 11 July 2020.

These include returnees from South Africa (6) Liberia (4) and 30 local cases who are isolated. The local cases consist of 13 health care workers from Mpilo (10) and (3) from a quarantine center in Matabeleland South Province.

Five of the local cases are contacts of known confirmed cases.

“Investigations are underway to establish the source of infections for the remaining 25.We regret to report five deaths, three at community level and two at facility level. These deaths occurred in Harare and Bulawayo and were detected during routine post mortem,” the Health Ministry said in an update.

The above trends have sent a wave of shock across the health sector fraternity and failure to establish the causes means that the Southern Africa nation is heading for tougher times which may see the infections flooding the country.

Zimbabwe has so far recorded 778 RDT screening tests and 394 PCR diagnostic tests.
The cumulative number of tests done to date is 88 436.

Since the onset of the outbreak the number of confirmed cases is 982 recovered 320 active cases 644 and 18 deaths.

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