ZIMBABWE’S Covid-19 cases increased by 842 yesterday with the seven-day rolling average for new cases rising to 727 from 666 on Sunday, the Ministry of Health and Child Care, said its latest update.
This comes at a time when the country has tightened its lockdown measures which include the banning of all gatherings except funerals which are now restricted to 30 people.
On top of intensifying the vaccination programme, the government has also placed some areas considered hotspots across the country under localised hard lockdown as part of a cocktail of measures to stem the pandemic.
The 842 news cases and 13 deaths reported Monday were an increase of nearly 100 percent from 424 recorded on Sunday.
Of the 842 cases reported yesterday, Mashonaland West leads with 195, followed by the Midlands at 116, Harare 113, Masvingo 101, Mashonaland East 98, Mashonaland Central 90, Bulawayo 57, Manicaland 43, Matabeleland North 29 and Matabeleland South zero.
Bulawayo tops the list of deaths at five, followed by Harare at three, Mashonaland Central two and the Midlands at three.
Eleven Zimbabweans succumbed to the pandemic on Sunday.
A total of 3, 069 tests were carried out yesterday and the positivity rate was 27, 4 percent.
“As of 28 June 2021, Zimbabwe has recorded 47, 284 cases, 37, 949 recoveries and 1, 749 deaths,” said the Ministry of Health.
“As of 27 June 2021, at 1500 hours there were 353 hospitalised cases.”
The Ministry further elaborated that there were 40 new admissions, 97 asymptomatic, 209 mild to moderate, 44 severe cases and three in Intensive Care Units.
Meanwhile, a total of 7, 957 people received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine bringing the cumulative for the first jab to 764, 248 while 15, 938 received their second dose bringing the cumulative to 534 906 as at 1600hours yesterday.