June 5, 2020

28 more Zimbabwean returnees test Covid-19 positive

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ZTN Correspondent

Twenty-eight Zimbabwean returnees tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, raising fears that quarantine centres are now “hotspots”.

All the returnees are from South Africa.

Cumulatively, returnees now account for well over half of Zimbabwe’s 265 cases.

Zimbabwe recorded its first Covid-19 case in March 2020, and figures remained relatively low for nearly two months.

However, almost 200 cases have been reported in the last two weeks.

Of these cases, 88 were recorded over the last five days.

Twenty-six were confirmed on June 1; three on June 2; 16 on June 3 while June 4 and 5 accounted for 15 and 28 cases, respectively.  

Health Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo and Covid-19 Response Chief Co-ordinator Dr Agnes Mahomva could not be reached for comment on Friday night.

However, Dr Moyo recently told parliamentarians that quarantine centres were “an issue”.

He said, “This is where we are going to get (the) majority of cases. So far, the highest number of positive cases is coming from amongst the returnees and it’s an issue to all of us.” 

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