Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 cases increase

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TWO more people, both returning citizens from the United Kingdom, have tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19), bringing the number of confirmed cases to 44.

This comes as health experts are calling on the government to ramp up testing, build more isolation and quarantine centres in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Two cases tested positive for Covid-19 today. The two cases are both female returning residents from the United Kingdom who arrived on May 4, 2020 and are residents of Harare.

“Two positive cases reported in yesterday’s (Friday) update under Mashonaland West Province are actually residents of Manicaland and have been reported in today’s update as such,” read the Health and Child Care ministry update.

On Saturday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa extended the national lockdown indefinitely in efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.

In his address to the nation on the national lockdown, Mnangagwa said while indications were that Zimbabwe has a reduced Covid-19 trajectory, there was still need for the country to ease out of the lockdown in a strategic and gradual manner in order to maintain the positive momentum.

“The modified phased re-opening strategy will further allow us to increase surveillance, including early detection, testing, isolation, contact-tracing, treatment and care with a focus on high risk populations,” Mnangagwa said.

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