Dark Week for Zimbabwe, As COVID-19 Claims 88 Lives, infects 4,395 in Seven Days

ZIMBABWE recorded a total 4,395 new COVID-19 infections and 88 deaths, the highest weekly death rate reported since the pandemic was first reported in the country in March 2020.

HealthTimes Reporter

This is according to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily sitreps tally over a five-days period from Monday, January 4 to Friday, January 8, 2021. The country’s COVID-19 cumulative cases stand at 19,660 while total deaths add to 468.

As of Monday, January 4, a total 564 new cases were recorded together with four deaths.

All 564 cases were local transmissions with 299 of them coming from Harare while the deaths were reported in Mashonaland Central, Bulawayo, Mat North and Mashonaland East. On Monday a total 1,874 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests were conducted which showed a positivity rate of 30%.

Tuesday saw the highest jump both in terms of new COVID-19 infections and new deaths. A total 1,365 new cases and 34 new deaths were recorded within a 24 hour period. All the 1,365 new cases were local cases with 777 coming from Harare alone. On Tuesday, 4,880 PCR tests were done which indicated a positivity rate of 28%.”

Positivity rate dropped from 28% that was recorded on Tuesday to 13% on Wednesday while a total 610 new case and 13 new deaths were recorded respectively. All the 610 cases were local transmissions. Recovery rate was 67% and active cases went up to 5047. On Thursday, recovery rate further dropped to 64.7% and active cases going up to 6146 after 871 new cases had been recorded locally.

By Friday, January 8, 2021, a total 985 new COVID-19 cases and 22 new deaths were recorded. 984 were local transmissions while one was an imported case from Zambia. Harare recorded 401 active cases from the 2746 PCR tests that were done. 101 new recoveries were recorded despite the recovery rate dropping from 64.7% to 62.4%. The total number of active cases has gone up to 7008. Meanwhile,  Cumulative recoveries stand at 12,184.



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