At least 152 people have died and more than 170,000 infected with malaria in Zimbabwe this year.

The outbreak comes as the country is grappling to contain the COVID-19 outbreak which has since infected 25 people leading to three fatalities.

“This year the cumulative malaria cases in the country stands at 170,303 and the deaths are 152 compared to 117,715 and 127 in 2019 over the same period, signifying increases of 44.7 percent and 20.4 percent in cases and deaths respectively between the two years,” the Ministry of Health and Child Care said in a statement posted on twitter on Monday.

“This sharp increase coincides with the peak period of malaria transmission. And is compounded by the current COVID-19 situation in the country,” the Ministry said.

The most affected region is the Manicaland province, which contributes about 61 percent of all recorded cases.

Malaria transmission in Zimbabwe is seasonal and mainly occurs during the rainy season between November and April. Enditem

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