ZIMBABWE revised down the number of Covid-19 cases to 34 after annulling six positive results following quality assurance tests of the cases.
The six cases which had been confirmed by the Ministry of Health and Child Care bringing the tally to 40.
This had been the country’s highest number of positive cases since the first case was reported two months ago.
What was worrisome was that the cases had allegedly been recorded among health case workers and random hospital patients as part of a coronavirus testing training exercise.
The health ministry had however immediately announced that it was going to carry out a quality assurance process.
“The ministry would like to report that following an unusual clustering of six cases that were reported as positive from Harare (on Wednesday), these results were, therefore, considered interim and hence additional tests have been conducted as part of the laboratory quality management system to validate these results in line with the laboratory standard operating procedures and protocols as well as international practices,” read part of the update.
Four people have died since the first case was recorded on March 20 while five have recovered.
The disease is spreading rapidly throughout the world and Zimbabwe’s neighbour, South Africa is one of the hardest hit on the continent.