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Zimbabwe records 34 deaths and highest daily Covid-19 infections

Zimbabwe registered an unprecedented 34 deaths from Covid-19 and 1,365 new cases on Tuesday, signaling a likely new phase of high mortality and a runaway infection rate as the virus spirals out of control.

The record figures accelerated the country’s cumulative coronavirus caseload to 17,194 and increased fatalities to 418.

Zimbabwe went into a stringent 30-day national lockdown to slow the respiratory virus Tuesday, ordering people to stay home and shut down all non-essential services. It also imposed a 6 pm-6 am curfew.

The country has seen a rapid surge in both infections and deaths in recent weeks mainly due to people mixing and mingling during the festive holidays and downright reckless behavior, according to health experts.

The new statistics alarmed both healthcare workers and the general public.

“This is frightening,” said Professor Solwayo Ngwenya, the Mpilo Central Hospital CEO.

“It’s really sad that we have such record numbers in one day. It clearly shows that this disease is now out of control and killing more people like we have been warning.

“The situation is bad. The virus now kills many people shortly after an infection, we are in trouble. Please should mask up and do social distancing. Don’t do parties or church gatherings, stay home, and abide by the laid down Covid procedures. Stay home and sanitise.”

While many people and entities were said to have honored the first day of the lockdown, some businesses fell afoul, according to government spokesman Ndavaningi Mangwana.

“There was a compliance problem with Level 4 lockdown today,” he tweeted.

“Too many shops were open. For clarity purposes, outlets allowed to trade and, that’s from 8AM to 3PM are supermarkets, food outlets (no sitting in), hotel bars and restaurants to serve in-staying guests only.”

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