In a sad development, a three-week-old baby was among the latest five people who have succumbed to COVID-19 according to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC).
The five deaths were announced by MoHCC in its daily updates on Friday, 7 August 2020 and this brought the cumulative number of deaths to 102 since the disease was first reported in Zimbabwe in the month of March this year.
Zimbabwe recorded 5 new deaths this Friday, this follows the reporting of 56 new cases, 54 of them being local transmissions.
In a Covid-19 daily update, the Ministry of Health and Child Care which is now headed by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga announced the death of two men, two women, and a 3 week old new born.
“Today we regret to report five deaths which occurred from 3 to 5 August in the community and admission to casualty departments at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and other hospitals after investigations and postmortems were done.
These include 2 males and 2 females from Harare province and a baby aged 3 weeks from Matabeleland North province who had respiratory symptoms compatible with Covid-19 and the PCR results were positive for the virus.
Harare and Bulawayo still remain Covid-19 hotspots in Zimbabwe with 1 699 and 1093 confirmed cases respectively.
The two cities also have the highest number of deaths, Harare has recorded 55 deaths whereas Bulawayo has recorded 23.
Meanwhile, a total of 81 new recoveries were also recorded this Friday.
All in all the total number of confirmed cases stands at 4 451 and 1 345 people have since recovered and the country has 3 004 active cases and a cumulative total of 102 deaths.