Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 death toll topped 150 yesterday with nine new deaths, but the number of recoveries rocketed to 4 442 out of the 5 643 cases since the start of the pandemic.
A total of 265 more people tested positive in the last 24 hours.
Of the 256 cases, only 11 are returnees from South Africa and Harare remains the hardest hit province which recorded 181 of the new cases.
Six of the new deaths were in Harare, driving the city’s death toll up to 83, with one each in Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East and Masvingo, the first in that province the Ministry of Health and Child Care reported last night.
The total number of new cases reported was 265, but as provincial totals continue to be updated this was exceeded by yesterday’s total of new confirmed recoveries, 337.
There are just 1 051 active cases still on the ministry books although as delayed recovery figures are updated, the number of ill people is expected to drop further.
South Africa has now recorded 12 264 deaths from 592 144 cases.
But the slowing down of the pandemic in that country is seen with 485 468 recoveries leaving for the first time in some weeks less than 100 000 active cases, with 94 412.