June 5, 2020

Worry as Zim Covid-19 cases hit 237

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Mirirai Nsingo

Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 positive cases now stand at 237 after 15 returnees tested positive on Thursday.

According to a Ministry of Health and Child Care report the cases are all of returnees from South Africa.

With returnees now constituting the bulk of the country’s Covid-19 cases health experts warn that measures must be out in place to ensure that the returnees to do not pass on the virus as they are held in quarantine centres.

Zimbabwe Medical Association president, Dr Francis Chirowa told ZTN that the lack of testing before quarantine is worrying.

“Chances are high that infection could be happening within these centres considering that no testing is being done prior to admission to a quarantine centre.

“The ideal model would be test them before getting into these centres, then separate those who are positive from the negative. Unfortunately testing is only done when they have already mixed and mingled hence this current crisis we are having,” he said.

World Health Organisation country Representative Dr Alex Gasasira also expressed concern about the rate of infection in quarantine centres.

“We are already working out on coming up with the best model for infection control in these centres. We also continue to encourage physical distancing as a measure,” he said.

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