THIRTY-FIFTH POST-CABINET BRIEFING: 6TH OCTOBER, 2020
- ZIMBABWE’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Cabinet received an update report on the country’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which the Minister of Defence and War Veterans presented as Chairperson of the Ad-Hoc Inter-Ministerial Task Force.
Cabinet was informed that as of 2 October 2020, Zimbabwe’s cumulative cases of COVID-19 stood at 7 858, with 6 322 recoveries and 228 deaths. Six thousand four hundred and eighty-four (6 484) of the cases are local transmissions. There were 50 new cases in week 39, compared to the 174 cases recorded in week 38.
With regard to laboratory facilities, Cabinet noted that Lancet Laboratories commissioned its laboratory at Victoria Falls International Airport, and pledges to deliver PCR results within 2 hours for both arriving and departing travellers. The Robert Gabriel Mugabe and Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airports have similar private and public testing facilities. The Task Force will be dispatching teams to the country’s land and air ports of entry to assess their readiness in handling the large numbers associated with the complete opening up of the country to domestic and international flights.