Rumbidzayi Zinyuke Health Reporter
The country yesterday recorded 1357 new Covid-19 cases and 19 deaths bringing the total number of active cases to 10 002 and deaths to 1808.
Positivity rate was 12.4 percent and of the new cases, 1344 were local while 13 were deportees from Botswana. The seven day rolling average for new cases rose to 987 from 912 the previous day.
The Ministry of Health and Child care noted that the number of hospital admissions had also increased to 382 with 35 new admissions, 73 asymptomatic cases, 238 mild to moderate cases, 55 severe cases and 16 in Intensive Care Units.
A total of 290 people had recovered from the disease yesterday and the national recovery rate stood at 77 percent. To date, Zimbabwe has recorded 51 221 Covid-19 cases, 39 411 recoveries and 1 808 deaths.
The country is currently under an enhanced level four lockdown, which will be in place for the next two weeks pending review. Government will also soon embark on a vaccination blitz to ensure that citizens in border towns and cities, grain marketing depots, cotton and tobacco depots, people’s markets as well as all hotspots are vaccinated.
Hotspot areas include Kariba, Karoi, Chinhoyi, Chidamoyo and Magunje in Mashonaland West, Kwekwe and Gweru in Midlands, Mazowe in Mash Central, Marondera in mash East, Bikita and Masvingo in Masvingo Province, Emakhandeni, Nkulumane and Northern Suburbs in Bulawayo as well as Harare which recorded the highest number of cases yesterday with 253 cases.
So far, 782 698 people have received the first Covid-19 vaccine dose while 559 262 have received both jabs.