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Zim Covid-19 daily infections drop to 400

The country’s daily Covid-19 infections, which have been hovering between 2, 000 and 3, 000 last month, yesterday further dropped to just 405, the Ministry of Health and Child Care, said in its latest update.

The development comes at a time when President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday extended by a further two weeks the stiffer level 4 lockdown under which gatherings remain prohibited save for funerals which are restricted to 30 people.

He however acknowledged that the country had registered progress in the fight against the pandemic while warning that it was not time to relax.

“Four hundred and five (405) new cases (all local) and 31 deaths [were] reported today,” said the Ministry.

“Seven day rolling average for new cases fell to 689 today (yesterday) from 857 yesterday (Monday). As of 10 August 2021, Zimbabwe has reported 117, 258 cases.”

A total of 2, 631 tests were carried out on Tuesday with a 15, 4 percent positivity rate while 1,289 new recoveries were recorded bringing the cumulative total to 91, 499 with the rate now at 78 percent.

The country’s active Covid-19 cases now stand at 21, 809 while 3, 950 Zimbabweans have since succumbed to the pandemic.

“As of 9 August 2021, at 1500 hours there were 495 hospitalised cases,” said the Ministry, adding new admissions stood at 34.

According to the Ministry, there are 20 Covid-19 patients at the Intensive Care Units.

The government has intensified the vaccination programme while making it mandatory for all civil servants to be inoculated.

Over 1, 9 million Zimbabweans have since received their first jab while the number of those fully vaccinated now stands at over a million.

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