Zim Coronavirus Gravy Train arrives at a stop while Harare registers a new Case.


Paul NyathiThe Ministry of Health and Child Care reported another positive COVID-19 case on Saturday, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 35.

The last case comes after the country has passed an unprecedented eight days without registering new cases.

In its update on the coronavirus (COVID-19) for May 8, 2020 published on Saturday morning, the Ministry of Health said that more details on the last confirmed case will be provided in the next update. The latest update reads in part:

To date, more than 3.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 250,000 deaths have been reported in 210 countries and territories around the world.

The ministry would like to report that today, 624 rapid screening tests and 460 PCR tests have been performed in the public sector. In addition, 140 PCR tests have been performed in the private sector, for a total of 600 PCR tests performed today.

One of the PCR tests carried out in Harare today was positive for COVID-19, while the national reference laboratory for tuberculosis in Bulawayo should resume PCR tests on May 9, 2020. More details on the last confirmed case will be announced in tomorrow’s update.

As a result, to date, Zimbabwe now has 35 confirmed cases, including nine recoveries and four deaths.

A total of 10,218 rapid screening tests and 8,741 PCR diagnostic tests have been carried out to date…

The ministry remains on HIGH alert in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and wishes to remind the nation that the most effective means to protect themselves and others against COVID-19 are to practice good personal hygiene, always wear a face mask in public places and exercise social distance.

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