Zim Covid-19 infections, deaths escalate

Over 400 Zimbabweans tested positive for Covid-19 Monday while 13 others succumbed to the global pandemic, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has reported.

Yesterday’s figures show an increase from the 151 infections and six deaths recorded Sunday.

The country on Monday recorded 416 new infections bringing the cumulative coronavirus cases to 42 195.

Of the 416 new cases, one case was a returnee from South Africa.

This is happening at a time when the country has tightened its lockdown measures which include the banning of all gatherings save for funerals which restrict attendance to only 30 people.

“Four hundred and sixteen (416) new cases (415 local and one returnee from South Africa) and 13 deaths [were] reported today.),” said the Ministry of Health and Child Care in its daily update late Monday.

“Seven day rolling average for new cases rose to 302 today (Monday) from 260 yesterday.”

The Hotspot areas include Mhondoro (Mashonaland West, Masvingo District, Chiredzi, (Masvingo Province), Nkulumane, Emakhandeni, and Northern Suburbs (Bulawayo) and Bindura (Mashonaland Central).

Kariba, Karoi, Chinhoyi and Kwekwe are still under localised lockdown.

Of the 416 new Covid-19 cases recorded Monday, Mashonaland West at 98 recorded the highest number of new Covid-19 cases.

Masvingo recorded the second highest number of Covid-19 cases of 75, Midlands recorded 67, Manicaland 48, Harare 36, Bulawayo 27, Mashonaland East 24, Mashonaland Central 22, Matabeleland North 13 and Matabeleland South six.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care reported that of the 13 deaths recorded, Mashonaland West recorded five , Bulawayo, Harare and Midlands all recorded two deaths each while Manicaland and Mashonaland East both recorded one case each.

“As of 21 June 2021, Zimbabwe has recorded 42 195 cases, 37 200 recoveries and 1 685 deaths,” said the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

“16 new recoveries, National recovery rate stands at 88percent and active cases go up to 3 310.”

The Ministry of Health and Child Care said 936 people received their first dose yesterday bringing the cumulative for the first dose to 704 001 while 1 183 received their second dose bringing the cumulative for the second dose to 436 851.

“As of 20 June 2021 at 1500 hours there were 174 hospitalised cases, asymptomatic 47, mild to moderate 86, severe 36 and five are in intensive care units,” said the Ministry.

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