A three-week-old baby was among the latest six people who have succumbed to COVID-19 according to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC).
The six deaths were announced by MoHCC in its daily updates on Friday, 7 August 2020 and this brought the cumulative number of deaths to 102 since the disease was reported in Zimbabwe in March this year. The Ministry of Health said in the statement:
Today we regret to report five deaths which were recorded from 3-5 August 2020 in the community and admission to casualty departments at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and other hospitals after investigations and postmortems were done.
These include two males and two females from Harare province and a baby aged three weeks from Matabeleland North province and had respiratory symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and the PCR results were positive for COVID-19.
On Friday, a total of 1 575 Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT) screening tests and 961 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) diagnostic tests were done. The cumulative number of tests done date is 147 026 (77 923 RDT and 69 103 PCR).
To date, the total number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 in Zimbabwe since 20 March 2020 is 4 451, 1345 recovered, 3 004 active cases and 102 deaths.