Zimbabwe this Wednesday recorded 5 COVID-19 positive cases after tests were conducted by the National TB Reference Laboratory in Bulawayo.
According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, all five cases were due to local transmission.
In its coronavirus (COVID-19) update statement on 15 April 2020, the Health Ministry said:
The National Microbiology Reference Laboratory today (15 April 2020) tested 28 samples (Harare – 23, Mashonaland East – 3, Mutare – I and Masvingo – 1) and all were negative for COVID-19.
Additionally, the National TB Reference Laboratory in Bulawayo tested 23 samples, and five were positive for COVID-19. All five cases were due to local transmission. More details to follow.
Therefore, to date, Zimbabwe now has twenty-three confirmed cases, including three deaths.
… Case #18 reported yesterday is a 44-year-old male resident of Harare who returned from the United Kingdom on the 13th April 2020.
On arrival, he had no signs or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 and was therefore put on mandatory quarantine at one of the designated quarantine centres.
As part of our intensified surveillance for COVID-19, the local Rapid Response Team collected samples from all returning residents at this quarantine centre.
He was diagnosed positive for COVID-19 yesterday and has since been relocated to Wilkins Hospital for isolation and treatment. He is stable, with mild disease.
The Ministry continues to be on HIGH alert to the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to remind the nation that, the most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to practise good personal hygiene and exercise social distancing.
When you use a mask, cover your mouth and nose, and make sure that there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
If masks are not used correctly, they can be a source of infection.