Zim Covid-19 cases surge

ZIMBABWE continues to record a surge in Covid-19 infections, with 766 new cases recorded on Wednesday.

Mashonaland West recorded the highest number of new infections with 242 new cases.

Of the 766 new cases recorded yesterday, only one case was from a returnee from Tanzania.

“Seven hundred and sixty-six (766) new cases (765 locals and one returnee from Tanzania) and one death reported today,” said the Ministry of Health and Child Care in their latest report.

Mashonaland Central had the second highest number of new infections after 96 new cases were recorded.

The health ministry,however, indicated that 31 of the 96 cases reported in Mashonaland Central occurred between 17 and 21 June and had not been reported.

Bulawayo had the third highest cases of new infections after recording 75 new cases while Harare recorded 73 new cases.

The Midlands province recorded 66 new cases, Masvingo had 65 new cases, Mashonaland East recorded 59 new cases, Matabeleland South recorded 37 new cases, Matabeleland North recorded 32 new cases, while Manicaland had 21 new cases.

The only fatality recorded yesterday occurred in Mashonaland East.

The health ministry said Kariba (40), Karoi (54), Chinhoyi (24) and Kwekwe (28) remain under localised lockdown.

“Hotspot update: Chibara (18, Doro (18), Nyangoma (20), Chidamoyo (15), Kazangare (16) Mashonaland West, Chiredzi (32) Masvingo province, Marondera (32) Mashonaland East, Nkulumane (15), Emakhandeni (29) and Northern suburbs (31) Bulawayo, have been classified as hotspots,” said the ministry.

According to the report 8 898 people received their first dose yesterday bringing cumulative number of first doses to 715 056 while 11 573 received their second jabs bringing cumulative figure for second doses to 451 793.

Of the 5 716 tests conducted yesterday, positivity was 13.4 percent.

“One hundred and eighty-nine (189) new recoveries: National recovery rate stands at 86 percent and active cases go up to 4 311. As of 23 June 2021, Zimbabwe has recorded 43 480 cases, 37 477 recoveries and 1 692 deaths,” the report said.

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