Zim Covid-19 cases surpass 7 000

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Zimbabwe has now exceeded 7 000, while fatalities rose to 208, the latest Ministry of Health statistics show.

As of September 6, 2020, the country has recorded 7 116 confirmed cases, 5378 recoveries, and 208 deaths.

“139 new cases brought the number 7 116 and one death that occurred in Bulawayo totalled to 208. 665 PCR tests were done today (September 6, 2020) with positivity of 20.9 percent. All 139 cases are local cases. Harare reported 124 cases and these are from a backlog of samples collected over the last week which are now being processed,” said the health ministry.

The weekly report shows that the 20 to 40 years’ age group is the most affected, accounting for 57 percent of the total confirmed cases.

The country’s national recovery rate now stands at 76 percent, with 13 new recoveries that were recorded in the last 24 hours.

“Active cases as of September 6, 2020 went up to 1 535,” said the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

More males have been affected compared to females.

The health ministry also noted that Harare has the highest number of cases per capita followed by Bulawayo and Matabeleland South.

On deaths, “Manicaland, Mashonaland West, Bulawayo and Harare have case fatality ratios above the national average. Most deaths are between 40 and 80 years of age. There are more deaths from males as age rises.”

The country has conducted a cumulative 104 814 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) and 104 311 RDT (Rapid Diagnostic Tests) tests to date.

“The trends show that when compared to South Africa, Zimbabwe has been testing much less per capita but testing rates in Zimbabwe are increasing. Overall Positivity has decreased to 6.1 percent,” said the Ministry of Health and Child Care.  

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