GOVT: Zim’s first Covid-19 case ‘showing signs of recovery’

By ZBC Reporter

THE first of the two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Zimbabwe is showing signs of recovery, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has revealed.

In its latest update on the pandemic which was issued Sunday evening, the health ministry said the country still has two confirmed cases of the Coronavirus.

“… the first case is showing signs of recovery and is being managed under self-isolation at home. The second case continues to be managed under isolation at Wilkins Hospital (in Harare) and is stable,” the ministry said.

“Seven contacts of the second case have so far been identified and followed up and the remaining 11 are still being followed up.

“Samples have been collected from the seven contacts identified so far and four results received so far have tested negative for COVID-19.”

The ministry confirmed Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 outbreak last Friday with a Rapid Response Team (RRT) meeting on Saturday to come up with an enhanced response strategy for the two identified cases.

“Local RRTs in Victoria Falls and Harare have scaled up the response by intensifying surveillance and strengthening contact tracing in the two regions,” the Ministry’s statement added.

“Other sub-national RRTs have cascaded training of healthcare workers on COVID-19 case management to lower levels.”

The death toll from the global coronavirus pandemic has surpassed 14,000 people worldwide, and it has sickened more than 328,000.

For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover.

Here are the symptoms of the virus compared with the common flue.

Ministry of Health and Child Care COVID-19 Toll Free Hotlines – +263 714734598, +263 774112531.