by NORMA TSOPO
ZIMBABWE recorded a shocking spike in its Covid-19 cases with 76 infections recorded in Beitbridge, Masvingo and Harare taking the country’s tally to 132.
The country had just 56 until May 26 after recording its first case in mid-March with the news infections representing a 146 percent jump.
All but one of the cases were registered among returnees.
The results were from tests conducted over the past four days in which Harare registered 35, Masvingo 24, Matebeland South 13, Bulawayo 3 and Matebeleland North 1.
Zimbabwe now has 103 active cases with 25 full recoveries and four deaths to date.
Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary Nick Mangwana later took to micro-blogging site – Twitter, to implore returnees to work closely with government.
There has been growing concern over returnees escaping from the detention centres while hundreds are illegally returning into the country through its porous borders.
The new cases mark a new frontier of the Covid-19 prevention as the country completes two months of national lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
With most of the cases coming from South Africa – a growing hotspot for the infection on the continent, management of returnees has become a key strategy in keeping the disease under check.