1. ZIMBABWE’S RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) OUTBREAK
Cabinet was briefed by the Honourable Vice President K. C. D. Mohadi, as Chairman of the Ad Hoc Inter-Ministerial Task Force on the COVID-19, on the steps that were being taken to contain the spread of the pandemic.
The cumulative rapid screening and PCR tests conducted as of 6 July, 2020 are 80 654 (47 086 RDT and 33 568 PCR) inclusive of tests done at private laboratories. The country has now recorded seven hundred and thirty-four (734) COVID-19 confirmed cases. Of these 528 are active cases, with 197 recoveries and nine (9) deaths.The eighth death is of a 21-year-old female with no travel history but with co-morbidities (leukemia), while the ninth death is of a 54 year old male with co-morbidities.
Of the 734 confirmed cases, 113 are local cases. Eighty-eight (88) of the local cases can be linked to known confirmed cases, while the other 25 cannot be immediately linked to a confirmed case. Investigations are underway to establish the sources of infection. Harare has the highest number of cases (245)which are mainly imported cases, while Bulawayo has recorded the highest number of local cases (50). Local transmissionsin the country currently stand at 16% of the total casesrecorded. The cases so far recorded in the country, however, do not have a specific trend and are largely influenced by the volumes of returnees. There are currently no cases admitted in High Dependency Unit (HDU) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).