1. ZIMBABWE’S RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
The Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, as Deputy Chair of the Ad-Hoc Inter-Ministerial Task Force on COVID-19, presented the weekly Report on the National Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak, which was adopted by Cabinet.
Out of the one hundred and twenty-two thousand seven hundred and seventy (122 770) tests conducted throughout the country two thousand seven hundred and four (2 704) were confirmed COVID-19 positive, compared to the one thousand seven hundred and thirteen (1 713) cases reported on 20 July, 2020. This translates to a 68% increase in the number of confirmed cases. Cabinet announces, with regret, that the total number of COVID-19 fatalities has increased to thirty-six (36) from the twenty-six (26) reported last week. Of particular concern is that cumulative number of confirmed local COVID-19 cases has increased by 112% from seven hundred and ninety-one (791) to one thousand six hundred and seventy-five (1 675) during the past week. Most of the local cases are in Bulawayo (667), Harare (601) and Gweru (168). Cabinet, therefore, declared Gweru a hotspot of COVID-19, in addition to Harare and Bulawayo. Government is expediting efforts to put in place Rapid Result Test Teams to facilitate localized lockdowns in hotspot suburbs of the three cities.
The number of those who have recovered has increased from the previously reported four hundred and seventy-two (472) to five hundred and forty-two. This leaves the number of active cases at two thousand one hundred and twenty-six (2 126).