Government to increase coronavirus testing 

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Munyaradzi Doma
Zimbabwe has resolved to increase its coronavirus testing and Cabinet has resolved to have joint testing teams to immediately conduct tests in all the provinces.
This comes after heavy criticism for lack adequate testing for the deadly virus which has over three million globally.
In a post cabinet briefing on Tuesday, it was reported that Vice President Kembo Mohadi who is chairperson of the Ad Hoc Inter-Ministerial Task Force on COVID-19 had given the country’s state of preparedness to the Covid-19 outbreak.
It was reported that as of April 26, a cumulative total of 6 935 COVID-19 tests had been carried out but these had to be increased in phases so as to reach testing targets.
“Phase 1, which will initially focus on Harare and Bulawayo, will test the following: security personnel and their families; all medical staff and patients at all central hospitals.
“All returning residents from abroad in designated mandatory quarantine facilities.
“All contacts of confirmed cases regardless of showing symptoms of the disease.
“All the community around a cluster of cases, immigration officials at R.G. Mugabe, J.M. Nkomo, and Victoria Falls International Airports; at Beitbridge and Forbes Border Posts, drivers at truck stops and all cases fitting the case definition,” read the post cabinet briefing.
It was added that phase 2 will entail the expansion of sample collection and testing to all categories under Phase 1 across all provinces and districts.
Cabinet also heard that isolation facilities will be set up at Rowa Training Centre and Vhuti High School for those those entering the country using the Forbes Border Post, and Kariba and Chirundu Border Posts, respectively.
“The drilling of 13 boreholes at priority centres identified by Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, including one at Wilkins Hospital and two at Beatrice Road Infectious Diseases Hospital,” added the post cabinet briefing.
It was also added that Treasury had disbursed by ZW$667 million of the budgeted ZW$758 million towards the fight against COVID-19 and a ZW$100 million towards the mopping up of all available local personal protective equipments stock.
Zimbabwe now has 32 confirmed cases, five recoveries and four deaths.

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