Covid-19: Govt ramps up testing as confirmed cases still on 24

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By Mary Taruvinga

GOVERNMENT Friday upped its Covid-19 tests with 1 194 cases conducted in a single day.

However, confirmed cases remained at 24.

Government is targeting 40 000 tests by the end of the month.

This comes at a time Covid-19 local infections are increasing, signalling a new challenge for the authorities.

According to the health ministry’s latest report, a total of 1 194 were carried out on Friday as compared to 597 done on Thursday.

“The ministry has stepped up screening and diagnostic testing  in all provinces in line with the new Covid-19 testing strategy.

“A total of 1 194 tests were done today giving a total of 2 494 screening tests and diagnostic done to date,” reads the report.

Samples tested Friday were from Mashonaland West (78), Matebeleland North (17), Manicaland (189), Matabeleland South (179), Midlands (116), Harare (347) and Bulawayo (26).

The development comes amid criticism directed at authorities for lack of capacity to trace and test for the virus which is causing distress across the globe.

Zimbabweans fear the country was sitting on a ticking time bomb and that the infections will skyrocket in the near future.

However, the government says it is on high alert and making efforts to deal with the threat.

Meanwhile, according to the health the ministry, case 24 is of a 27-year-old male resident of Harare who returned from the United Kingdom on the 13th of April 2020.

He had no sign suggestive of Covid-19 upon arrival but was placed on mandatory quarantine in one of the quarantine centres.

He was diagnosed with Covid-19 Thursday after samples were collected from all returning residents as part of intensified surveillance on the pandemic.

The ministry says he is stable with a mild disease.