The Ministry of Health and Child Care has made it mandatory that corpses being handled at health institutions be tested for the novel coronavirus.
Similarly, in rural areas, every death is now being treated as a potential case for COVID-19 that need to be tested.
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Acting Provincial Medical Director for Matabeleland North Province Dr Munekai Padingani has said they have instructed community members to report cases of sudden death to the police so that a Rapid Response Team (RRT) can collect the specimen. He said:
If there is death in the community, we have instructed community members to call the police and a Rapid Response Team (RRT) is also dispatched to collect the specimen.
The communities and traditional leaders are being sensitised that with any sudden death or just any death at home they must first make a report so that specimens are collected before the person is buried.
Reports indicate that some families in rural areas have been housing escapees from quarantine centres and in turn spreading the virus within villages.
As of Saturday, 1 August 2020, Zimbabwe had recorded 3 659 coronavirus cases, of which 2 579 are active, 1 011 recovered and 69 have died.