By Zbc Reporter
As of Wednesday Zimbabwe’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 had risen to 23, including three deaths and one recovery recorded. The National Microbiology laboratory on Wednesday tested 28 samples ( Harare-23), Mashonaland Eastb-3, Mutare-1, and MASVINGO-1 and all were negative for COVID-19. Additionally, the National TB Reference Laboratory in Bulkawayo tested 23 samples and five were positive for COVID-19.
According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care all five cases were due to local transmission.
In a statement, the Ministry said more details would follow.
‘Therefore, to date Zimbabwe has twenty-three confirmed cases, including three deaths,’ read the statement.
Cumulative tests conducted stand at 716, 693 negative, 23 positive, one recovered, and three deaths.
Matabeleland North has one confirmed case, Bulawayo leads with 10, followed by Harare with eight, Mashonaland East has four.
“Case 18 reported yesterday is a 44 year old male resident of Harare who returned from the United Kingdom on the 13th of April 2020. On arrival, he had no symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 and was therefore put on mandatory quarantine at one of the designated quarantine centres.
‘As part of our intensive surveillance for COVID-19, the local Rapaid RESPONSE TEAM COLLECTED samples from all returning residents at this quarantine centre. He was diagnosed
positive for COVID 19 yeseterday amnd has since been relocated to Wilkins hospital for isolation and treatment. He is stable, with mild disease,’ the Ministry said in a statement.
The Ministry continues to be on high alert to the Covid-19 pandemic. To date more than two million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 125 000 deaths have been reported globally.