Health officials in the Midlands Province have allayed fears of Covid-19 cases in Mberengwa and Zvishavane following the death of an artisanal miner who exhibited symptoms consistent with the disease.
The deceased miner was working at a mine in Mberengwa and five of his colleagues are said to be experiencing acute respiratory challenges accompanied by fever and headache.
Midlands Provincial Medical Director Dr Reginald Mhene said:
We received a report that there were people from Mberengwa who were having symptoms similar to Covid-19.
One of the patients was in Zvishavane. We made a follow up to Mapazuli Clinic but unfortunately the person died.
We took specimen from the body for testing and the results came out negative.
We also established that the person was working in Shurugwi also and has not been feeling well for two months.
We are yet to record a single case of Covid-19 in Midlands.
Zimbabwe now has 31 coronavirus cases, with a significant number of them being local transmissions.