Over 70 per cent of Zimbabwe’s confirmed COVID-19 cases are returnees from South Africa, statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Care have shown.
Out of 561 COVI-19 cases Zimbabwe had recorded by Friday, 484 were imported cases while the number of local transmissions stands stood only 77.
Lead Epidemiology Surveillance Operations Covid-19 Response and Deputy Director Epidemiology and Disease Control in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Isaac Phiri said:
South Africa has contributed to the majority of returnees that have tested positive totalling 400, followed by Botswana with 22, the United Kingdom with 17 and Mozambique with eight.
Other countries in the region and Europe have contributed to the 484 imported cases but at lower numbers.
As of 26 June 2020, Zimbabwe has an accumulative 561 confirmed cases, 135 recoveries and six deaths.
Imported cases are 484 and local cases are at 77. The local cases are linked to the known returnees.
According to Phiri, the high number of COVID-19 positive cases mainly emanating from South Africa are attributable to the fact that a significant number of Zimbabweans reside in South Africa which we share borders with and have huge relations with.
Meanwhile, South Africa has recorded the highest number of cases in Africa and is the epicentre of the outbreak in southern Africa.