Harare, (New Ziana)– Zimbabwe on Tuesday recorded its 20th Covid-19 death as the country continues to register an increase in infections, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said.
Thirty new infections were also registered on the day, bringing the
country’s total to 1 064 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
Sixteen of the new cases were due to local transmission, while the rest
Of the overall tally of cases, 740 are due to local transmission, while 324 are imported.
“The death occurred in Matabeleland South province and is of a child
who was admitted into hospital on 11 July 2020 with severe pneumonia,”
the health ministry said.
At least 52 new recoveries were registered on Tuesday, taking total
recoveries to 343.
“High numbers of recoveries were based on the new World Health
Organisation criterion for discharging patients from isolation,” the
health ministry said.
The new criteria says that symptomatic patients can be deemed recovered 10 days after symptom onset, plus three additional days without symptoms.
Government has announced plans to re-tighten lockdown regulations in light of the continued spike in infections.