Zim records highest 24-hr jump in Covid-19 infections
Harare, (New Ziana) – Zimbabwe on Wednesday recorded its biggest jump in Covid-19 infections in a single day since the first case was recorded late March after recording 98 new cases, taking the overall tally of confirmed cases to 885, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said.
The new record overtakes the previous one for the most new cases in 24 hours when the country recorded 73 cases last Saturday.
The Health Ministry said the country also recorded the highest ever number of new local transmission cases in a single day, as they accounted for 47 of the 98 new cases.
“Forty-three of the local cases are contacts of known confirmed cases, investigations are underway to establish the source of infection for the other four local cases,” it said.
Returnees from Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland accounted for the other 51 cases recorded on Wednesday.
In terms of the overall breakdown of cases, the capital Harare is leading with 250, followed by Bulawayo at 154, Matabeleland 151, Mashonaland East 82 and Midlands at 80.
Mashonaland West has 54 cases, Masvingo 53, Manicaland 29, Matabeleland North has 22 while Mashonaland Central has 10.
The total number of tests conducted to date now stands at 82 077.