Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 cases pass 1,000 mark

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A man is tested by a healthcare worker during a nationwide lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a mass screening centre, in Harare, Zimbabwe April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File Photo
A man is tested by a healthcare worker during a nationwide lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a mass screening centre, in Harare, Zimbabwe April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File Photo

Zimbabwe registered 49 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the country’s tally to 1,034.

One patient has died and 15 others have recovered from the infection during the past 24 hours, raising the total number of deaths to 19 and recoveries to 343, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said in a statement.

Of the new cases, 28 are Zimbabwean citizens who returned from South Africa, while the other 21 are local transmissions.

The ministry said seven of the local cases are contacts of known confirmed cases, while the source of infection for the other 14 remain unknown for now.

The country has so far done a total of 91,103 COVID-19 tests.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa warned that the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown could be further tightened due to a spike in new infections.

Addressing an ordinary session of the ruling Zanu-PF Politburo on Friday, Mnangagwa said the rapid escalation in COVID-19 infections required another review of the lockdown regulations.

He said the country would continue to strengthen preventive measures, testing and contact tracing.

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