By Leopold Munhende
ZIMBABWE’S confirmed cases of coronavirus rose to seven Friday after two more people tested positive for the pandemic.
The two cases were traced to the country’s third reported victim of the virus, a top health ministry official said.
In her daily coronavirus update, Agnes Mahomva, the permanent secretary in the health ministry said the latest two victims had not travelled outside Zimbabwe, but contracted the virus through someone who recently returned from Dubai.
“Of the cases confirmed to date, three are due to contact with an infected individual locally. Our teams are currently seized with enhanced surveillance through contact tracing by following up all known contacts of these cases,” she said.
“Therefore, the ministry would like to remind everyone of the need to maintain social distancing, by avoiding close contact with anyone who is unwell, coughing or sneezing,” said Mahomva.
One of the seven reported cases, journalist Zororo Makamba died Monday at Harare’s Wilkins Hospital and was buried the next day.
However, according to Mahomva, the other six patients were all in a stable, mild disease clinical condition.