Another 146 Covid-19 infections were confirmed yesterday, all local, driving the total to 4 221 with 3 128 now being people infected within Zimbabwe, 74 percent of the total, but just one more person died, a 22-year-old man in Bulawayo, taking the total fatalities to 81.
According to the daily report from the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Bulawayo, for the first time in days, had the highest number of new cases, 69, and although this takes its total over the thousand mark to 1 016 local cases and 21 deaths, Harare is still the epicentre with 1340 local infections and 39 deaths. Midlands now has 268 local infections, almost all in Gweru, the third largest city.
Recoveries have risen by 181, thanks to large batch of 102 from Midlands. Counting of recoveries tends to come in provincial batches as statisticians bring to account the number of infected people 13 days after first symptoms or 10 days after a positive test if asymptomatic, in line with World Health Organisation protocols.
South Africa saw a reduced daily death toll of 173, bringing the total to 8 539 from 516 862 cases but with 358 037 now confirmed as recovered. World totals are 691 740 deaths from 18 364 694 confirmed cases, although the case total is considered an underestimate.