Zim Covid-19 positivity rate drops to 2%

Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 positivity rate, which two weeks ago was at 3.6 percent yesterday dropped to 2.4 percent, an indication that fewer people are now testing positive for the pandemic.

Positivity rate refers to the percentage of people who test positive for the virus of those overall who have been tested or the percentage of all coronavirus tests performed that come out positive.

According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Care, of the 2, 035 Covid-19 tests carried out yesterday across the country only 49 came out positive, translating into a positivity rate of 2.4 percent.

“Forty-nine (49) new cases, all local and two (2) deaths [were] reported today (Sunday),” said the Ministry in its update.

“Seven day rolling average for new cases fell to 102 today (Sunday) from 113 yesterday (Saturday).

A total of 137 new recoveries were recorded yesterday, with the national recovery rate rising to 94 percent while active cases went down to 2, 939.

“As of 12 September 2021, Zimbabwe has recorded 126, 269 cases, 118, 792 recoveries and 4, 538 deaths,” said the Ministry.

As of 11 September, hospitalisations stand at 151, of which 72 are severe and 14 are in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

All this is happening at a time when over 2.8 million Zimbabweans have received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, while more than 1.8 have since been fully inoculated.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week moved the country from the tougher level four lockdown to a relaxed level two under which public gatherings of not more than 100 people including church services are now allowed albeit under strict Covid-19 protocols.

Schools, which were supposed to reopen in June for the second term but could not as a result of escalating infections, have since resumed face to face lessons, while intercity travel has also been given the green light to resume.

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