Zim records 564 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths

Zimbabwe is now recording high single-day rises in Covid-19 cases, forcing the government to impose a 30 day national lockdown to curb the spread of the virus and fatalities.

On January 1, the country recorded 217 new cases and six deaths in 24 hours which cases doubled on January 2 to 407 cases and eight deaths.

On January 3, Zimbabwe recorded its highest single day rise with 774 people testing positive within 24 hours.

On January 4, 564 cases were recorded of the coronavirus with four deaths.

The total death toll stands at 384 deaths countrywide, while as at January 4, there are 15 829 confirmed cases nationally with 11 716 recoveries.

Of the 15 829 cases, the number of active cases is 3 729 and the ministry of Health and Child Care said the national recovery rate stands at 74 percent.

Although the Ministry of Health and Child Care has not officially announced that the country has entered the second wave, there are fears that the rapidly spreading new coronavirus cases are due to the variant in South Africa considering that borders were reopened and there was lots of movement to and from Zimbabwe.

South Africa is currently experiencing a second wave of the pandemic and noted a “highly concerning” new variant of Covid-19 known as the 501Y.V2 suspected to be fuelling a rise in cases.

The emergence of this new variant coincided with what the Africa Centre of Disease (CDC) control called the second wave of Covid-19 in Africa in which the number of infections and deaths has risen in some countries.

The staggering numbers also come as African countries are waiting on a Covid-19 vaccine .

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