October likely to have the lowest coronavirus deaths in Zimbabwe since June


October is likely to have the lowest number of coronavirus deaths since June after the country recorded no deaths yesterday but there were 72 new cases and 76 people recovered.

So far 52 people have died since the beginning of the month, down from 204 last month. In June Zimbabwe had 195 deaths but this shot up to 1 743 following the outbreak of the third wave. The figure dropped by almost half to 887 in August.

Zimbabwe had 854 deaths in January when the second wave broke out but this fell to 27 in May, the lowest number of deaths so far recorded this year.

Deaths recorded since the outbreak of coronavirus in March last year now stand at 4 675. There have been 132 880 cases and 127 596 people have recovered representing a 96% recovery rate.

There are currently 609 active cases. Manicaland, where there were 13 more cases at schools yesterday, tops the list with 216 followed by Masvingo where there were five cases at schools. It now has 111 active cases.

Bulawayo is down to 31 cases while Harare went up to 22.

Just over 14 000 people were vaccinated yesterday with 5 797 getting the first jab and 8 424 the second.

Though vaccination has slowed down in Zimbabwe, it still has the highest rate in the region with 39.6 out of every 100 people vaccinated. Botswana is at 37.5 and South Africa at 36.3.


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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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