Local Coronavirus Transmissions Worry Health Experts

Health experts are worried over an increase in the number of local COVID-19 transmissions whose source cannot be traced.

Hitherto most coronavirus cases in the country have been accounted for as either from returning residents or have been linked to confirmed cases.

Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) president Dr Francis Chiwora said coronavirus infections could quickly multiply unchecked in communities due to the mystery infections.

Chiwora opined that the country’s porous borders and Covid-19 positive patients escaping from quarantine centres were the most probable source of the mystery infections. He said:

What we are having are these community infections that are very problematic. You cannot easily trace them unlike the others we have been dealing with from the returning residents and from people linked to already known Covid-19 patients.

These ones are showing us that Covid-19 is scattered out there and it is very difficult to follow up on them, because honestly where do you start.

Suppose a positive person infects people at a supermarket in town. Each of those people goes back to their respective suburbs and infects more people.

The contact tracing is very difficult and this is worrying because we are not conducting enough tests as a country. If we were testing a lot, it would be better as we would be able to pick on more of these cases.

This comes after the Ministry of Health and Child Care has reported eleven local transmissions, also known as community infections in the health field, whose sources of infection are unknown.

On Monday, the ministry reported a Covid-19 case who died but the source of infection is not yet known.

More: Chronicle

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