BY NHAU MANGIRAZI
EIGHT people tested positive to COVID-19 in Hurungwe district over the weekend, raising fears that the pandemic might have spread to rural areas which had largely remained untouched by the respiratory virus.
Among some of the infected persons were expecting mothers admitted at Chidamoyo Mission Hospital.
The increasing infection rates in Mashonaland West province comes at a time when the country is on high alert amid fears of a third wave and the new Indian variant affecting Zimbabwe.
“I can confirm that we have had eight new cases in Hurungwe district. Among these were cases of five expecting mothers at Chidamoyo District Hospital,” Mashonaland West provincial medical officer Gift Masocha told NewsDay.
Karoi Town Council spokesperson Precious Nharara confirmed that one council employee and two interns tested positive and were in self-isolation.
“This serves to inform that a council employee and two students on attachment have tested positive for COVID-19. The three are stationed at council’s main offices. Karoi Town Council on Friday afternoon facilitated the testing of their colleagues and it would seem at the moment it is the three who are positive for COVID-19. In the meantime, the premises have been disinfected accordingly and contact tracing is currently underway,” he said.
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