New coronavirus cases in Zimbabwe continue to decline, positivity rate exciting


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New coronavirus cases in Zimbabwe continued to decline yesterday with the country recording 373 new cases, which is normal for a Sunday as few people are tested during weekends, but it was the positivity rate at 9% that was exciting.

Last Sunday, the positivity rate was 23.3% and it has been declining steadily throughout the week and the rolling average for new cases yesterday was 1059 down from 1 101 the previous day.  Last Sunday the rolling average for new cases was 1 503.

A country is said to be in control of the coronavirus pandemic when the positivity rate is 5% and below.

Zimbabwe reached a positivity rate of below 1% before the outbreak of the Omicron variant.

Active cases yesterday dropped to 22 825 after 1 757 people recovered and 12 died.

Mashonaland West had the highest number of recoveries at 843 and is down to 5 505 cases. Mashonaland East also dropped to 4 488 cases but Harare went up to 1 041 while Bulawayo dropped to 705 and Masvingo to 771.

Just over 9 000 people were vaccinated yesterday with 2 986 getting the first jab, 4 698 the second and 1 482 the third, bringing to 13 352 people that have now received the booster shot.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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