By Mutsa Makuvaza
THE Midlands Province has started testing for Covid-19. The province now has four Covid-19 cases, all of whom are returnees from Botswana who are quarantined at Gweru Polytechnic College.
In a statement yesterday, Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs Larry Mavima said Gweru was now equipped with a gene expert machine for deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) at Gweru Provincial Hospital (GPH).
“The testing started last week after the hospital received cartridges for testing.
“As a province, we will be testing returnees and deported Zimbabweans who are quarantined at various centres in the province,” Mavima told the Zimbabwe Voice.
“We are fortunate that we are now testing for Covid-19 at Gweru Provincial Hospital with a gene expert machine. So those that tested negative, we will test them again before releasing them to see if they have been exposed while in quarantine,” he added.
Meanwhile, the number of recoveries from Covid-19 has now increased from 18 to 23, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has advised. The total number of cases of Covid-19 are 56 as a cumulative figure, while four deaths have been recorded to date.
“As at 23 May 2020,Zimbabwe had 56 confirmed cases, including 23 recoveries and four (4) deaths,” said the Ministry. – Zimbabwe Voice