Covid-19 claims 62 more lives in Zim

Sixty-two more people died of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe over the past 24 hours while 2 705 contracted the infectious virus, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reported yesterday.

The highest cases of fatalities were recorded in Midlands province with 13 deaths while Harare recorded the highest number of new Covid-19 cases of 689.

“2 705 new cases (all local) and 62 deaths reported today (7 day rolling average for new cases falls to 2 105 today from 2 163 yesterday,” said the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

The second province which recorded the highest number of new Covid-19 cases was Mashonaland East recording 323  new cases followed by Mashonaland West which recorded 295 new cases, Manicaland recorded 287 new cases, Matabeleland South recorded 207 new cases while Mashonaland Central recorded 204 new cases.

Matabeleland North province recorded 199 new cases, Midlands province recorded 188 new Covid-19 cases, Masvingo 157 new cases while Bulawayo recorded 156 new cases.

From the deaths reported yesterday, Bulawayo recorded the second highest number with 12 deaths followed by Harare which reported 11 fatalities while Mashonaland East and Mashonaland West both reported eight deaths each.

In Mashonaland Central, five people succumbed to the global pandemic while in Matabeleland North, three people died and two people in Matabeleland South.

Of the 12 636 tests done yesterday, positivity was 21.4 percent.

“1 472 new recoveries : National recovery rate stands at 66 percent, active cases go up to 28 684. As of 22 July 2021, Zimbabwe has recorded 91120 cases, 59 626 recoveries and 2 809 deaths,” said the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

As for the vaccination update, 45 148 people received their first dose yesterday bringing cumulative for 1st dose to  1 292 642 while 6 987 people received their 2nd  dose bringing cumulative for second dose to 656 830.

“As of 20 July 2021, at 15 00 hours, there were 737 hospitalized cases, new admissions 85, asymptomatic 235, mild to moderate 412, severe 67 and 23 Intensive Care Units,” said the Ministry.

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