In a rather alarming development, there was a huge jump in the number of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the country following 76 new cases which were recorded. This means that the total number of confirmed cases in Zimbabwe now stands at 132 cases. Before the huge jump, the total number of cases was 56.
The new cases were announced by Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa at a post-Cabinet briefing in Harare on Wednesday evening.
However, the Minister stressed apart from one case, all the new cases are from Zimbabweans who have recently returned home. Most of the returnees are coming mainly from South Africa and Botswana. The other case is the only case of local transmission among the 76.
Writing on social media, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Nick Mangwana said,
Zimbabwe’s #Covid19 positive cases have now spiked to 132. The 76 new cases have been recorded in the Beitbridge, Masvingo and Harare. All new cases except one have been registered among returnees from mainly SA and Botswana. Only one case is a local transmission.
Zimbabwe's #Covid19 positive cases have now spiked to 132. The 76 new cases have been recorded in the Beitbridge, Masvingo and Harare. All new cases except one have been registered among returnees from mainly SA and Botswana. Only one case is a local transmission.
— Nick Mangwana (@nickmangwana) May 27, 2020
The spike in the Covid-19 cases has alarmed many who are now questioning the wisdom of plans to reopen schools. Below are some of the reactions from social media
Whoever wants schools to reopen even after the shocking spike in Covid-19 positive cases should have his/her head examined. Even before the latest spike, it was going to be a time bomb. Now its worse. Kana muhondo chaimo chikoro chakambomirwa. We are at war with Covid-19.
— Stanley Gama (@gama_stanley) May 27, 2020
How is opening schools a disaster when 80% (105/132) of confirmed COVID-19 cases are imported and infected will only be released after recovering?@Itairusike @TChivese @Davidmuchuchu @GeorgeChings @kmugova @KMarazanye @gnmusuka
— Tinofa Mutevedzi (@TinofaMutevedzi) May 27, 2020
The whole world, including Zimbabwe, have been gripped with the Coronavirus. It’s new to all of us and one of the best ways to keep yourself safe is to stay informed.>chaosafrica