Zimbabwe has no coronavirus death for second day running


Zimbabwe today recorded 70 new coronavirus cases raising the total to 4 818 but had no deaths for the second day running.

Twenty people recovered bringing the total to 1 544 and the number of active cases rose slightly up at 3 170.

It still has 104 deaths but globally more than 741 700 people have died and the number of cases now stands at 20.4 million.

According to the Chinese news agency, Xinhua, about 10 percent of confirmed coronavirus cases in Zimbabwe are front-line health care workers, with the total number reaching around 480.

The affected front-line medical workers include nurses, student nurses, doctors, laboratory scientists, nurse aides, general hands and pharmacists.

The Ministry of Health said yesterday Harare and Bulawayo had reported the highest number of infections among front-line workers.

“A significant number of health workers have been infected with COVID-19 and as of July 29, 2020, more than 10 percent of the cases were among health-care workers with the majority being from the nursing profession,”the report said.

More than 100 nurses at Mpilo Central and United Bulawayo Hospitals in Zimbabwe’s second largest city had contracted the virus, forcing them into quarantine.

In Harare, more than 70 medical workers at Parirenyatwa hospital, the country’s largest referral hospital had tested positive for the virus since the beginning of July.


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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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