Two more die in Zimbabwe as COVID-19 cases continue to rise


Zimbabwe on Saturday reported two more COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the death toll to six.

The country had recorded the last such death on April 22.

The latest brief from the Ministry of Health and Child Care on Sunday said that “today we regret to report two deaths; one is a facility death and the other is a community death, both females aged 79 and 60 respectively.

The facility death is from Bulawayo who tested positive on June 17, 2020, whilst the community death is from Midlands Province who tested positive for COVID-19 following routine swabbing on June 19, 2020, the ministry said.

Zimbabwe has of late had a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases with seven samples returning positive on Saturday, bringing the total of infected people to 486. The latest cases were from returnees from South Africa (6) and Portugal (1).

Medical expert Solwayo Ngwenya warned on Sunday that the virus could spread rapidly during the winter season and urged people to be careful.

“Please let’s all respect this terrible virus. It can rapidly spread and cause massive deaths within weeks,” he said on Twitter. Enditem

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