By Regis Mhako
The month of June has seen a worrying spike of Covid-19 figures in Mashonaland West province, with 262 cases having been reported within the first two weeks.
The province has a cumulative number of 2 391 Covid-19 cases, with 262 of them having been reported this month alone, the majority of which are in Hurungwe and Kariba.
Of the new cases for this month, 213 have been reported in Hurungwe and Kariba districts which have since been declared red zones and placed under isolated lockdown for two weeks.
Acting Provincial Medical Director for Mashonaland West, Dr Gift Masoja suspects the spike is a result of traders coming into the country from neighbouring Zambia through undesignated crossing points.
“I think the spike in cases is as a result of people crossing into Zimbabwe from Zambia, especially from Siavonga where 73 new cases were reported. I want to urge the police, the ZNA and ZIMRA to help slow down the spread of the pandemic through border patrols.”
Mashonaland West Province has recorded 146 Covid-19 deaths, with four of them being recorded this month.