7/4/2020-11:19 Zimbabwe has 10 confirmed cases. Covid-19 has infected more than 1.34 million people and killed over 74,000 worldwide (Johns Hopkins University).  United Kingdom PM Boris Johnson is in intensive care after his virus symptoms worsened.

 

 

6/5/2020-17:21 Coronavirus has infected more than 1.27 million people and 69.000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

 

3/4/2020-11:04 Zimbabwe confirms 9 cases of Covid-19 including on death.Covid-19 has infected more than 1,026,000 people and killed over 53,000 worldwide.

1/4/2020-13:10 Most people cannot buy ZESA prepaid vouchers in retail shops for the system is reported to be down. Some Harare residents are queuing at the Wyne Street Branch in the CBD where there is a long queue-that includes senior citizens- moving at a snail’s pace. They are calling on the responsible authorities to intervene by not only increasing staff at ZESA branches, but also attend to the system that is down in retail shops.

People queuing for ZESA prepaid token at Wayne Street in the CBD today. Pic by Zimobile

31/3/2020-11:32 Zimbabwe has 8 confirmed cases of Covid19-including one death- according to the latest update from the ministry of health. Covid-19 has infected more than 787,000 people and killed over 37,000 worldwide-Johns Hopkins University.

New guidelines to help to help countries maintain essential health services & safeguard health care workers.

30/3/2020-15:05 AS THE 21 days of lockdown begin today, in Zimbabwe. Harare’s central business district was almost empty with thin traffic seen by mid-day. Zimbabwe has recorded 7 cases of Covid-19 including one death. After a drive around the CBD and some suburbs around Harare by Zimobile-few people could be seen shopping for essential goods from supermarkets-exempt from closing under Statutory Instrument 83 of 2020. Members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police were moving around shopping centres to ensure the public adhere to expected behaviour under SI83.

The Tokyo Olympic Games will start on 23 July, 2021 and run to 8 August after being postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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29/3/2020-11:39 Global death toll passes 30 000. Number of US deaths doubles in two days to more than 2,000. In Europe, the number of people killed passes 20,000.

28/3/2020-20:33 Zimbabwe records 7 cases of Covid-19 including one death. Free Online Course for Health Workers To Fight Covid-19 from WHO

Spain’s coronavirus death toll rose by 832 cases overnight to 5,690. In the United Kingdom 1,019 people have now died. Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus pandemic began has partially re-opened-BBC.

27/3/2020-22:05 Zimbabwe goes on a 21 days Lockdown starting on Monday

  • A total Lockdown for 21 days starting on Monday except for essential movements for food and heath purposes
  • Security arms to be deployed to assist in the monitoring
  • One hospital visit per patient per day
  • Those seeking fuel will not be allowed to leave their cars
  • All public transport operators will be suspended except for Zupco and Public Service Commission transport
  • Government to decentralise Covid19 testing centres to provinces
  • No hoarding of food and other essential commodities
  • Legal instrument to be introduced for those who cause unnecessary alarm through social media
  • Funerals-numbers not to exceed 50

27/3/2020-14:31 British PM Boris Johnson tested positive for Covid-19. He is self-isolating but not stepping back from his duties. World leaders wish him a speedy recovery

27/3/2020-09:30 Zimbabwe now has 5 confirmed cases of Covid19 including one death. South Africa has registered its first two deaths. More than half a million people globally are now confirmed to have coronavirus, with almost 24,000 deaths. Italy still has the worst death toll with 8,214-Johns Hopkins University.

26/3/2020-11:00 More than 472,000 people have been infected by the virus and over 21,000 have died.

25/3/2020-15:25 Spain overtakes China in coronavirus cases by recording 3,434 deaths. Prince Charles, the Queen’s son has tested positive for coronavirus.

25/3/2020-10:30 Zimbabwe has recorded a third case of Covid19. The minister of health-Dr Obadiah Moyo has been given sweeping powers under the Public Health Act to compel people to undergo compulsory testing, quarantining and isolation. President Mnangagwa also set up a Covid19 taskforce.

24/3/2020-15:39 The African saxophone legend Manu Dibango has died in Paris after catching coronavirus-BBC. The Olympics, initially earmarked for July, are moved to next year. 514 more people die in Spain, the worst day yet. The global figures: 383,944 cases of novel coronavirus and 16,595 deaths globally,

23/3/20-22:17 The Ministry of Health with the help of Higher Life Foundation and mobile networks companies has established a command centre at Parirenyatwa Hospital for the public to access information about coronavirus. The toll free number is 2019.

President Mnangagwa in his address to the nation has shut down the borders except for returning residents (who will be subjected to rigorous 21 days of self-quarantine) and cargo. Non-essentials travelling-both inbound and outbound is banned. Gatherings have been limited to 50 days. Returning residents will be subjected to strict screening procedures.

Business must decongest workplaces. Meetings in bars, night clubs, swimming pools, gymnasiums are banned. Returning residents can bring health certificates to facilitate easy clearance, especially from high risk countries. Government is also discouraging traveling in and around the country.

The measures take immediate effect.

South Africa is going on a lockdown for 21 days, starting on Thursday.

23/3/2020-14:42 BREAKING: The Minister of Health has just announced the passing on of one of the two confirmed cases of #coronavirus. Dr Obediah Moyo confirmed the name of the individual as #ZororoMakamba-one of the young and promising media personality in #Zimbabwe #Covid19Zim

23/3/2020-10:08 “Social distancing involves cutting down on non-essential travel and interactions, staying home if you’re unwell, and not visiting social venues. Meanwhile self-isolation means you basically have to cut yourself off entirely from the outside world” BBC.

How to Isolate

During the 14 days of isolation you must stay at home in a dedicated room (or your hotel room) and do not leave unless you need to seek medical care.

 If you do not isolate yourself correctly, the people around you are more likely to get COVID-19. As a result, they may also need to isolate.

  •  If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask. If you don’t have a mask, take care to not cough or sneeze on others. If you don’t have a mask, cover your coughs and sneezes and wash or sanitise your hands.
  • Don’t go to public places including work, school, childcare, university, shopping centres or any public, social, or religious gatherings.
  • Do not go shopping or to restaurants – shop online or have family or friends deliver what you need to your door.
  • Do not have visitors to your home. Only people who usually live with you should be in the home – they must not sleep or be in the same room as you.

Living with other people:

  • If you are in your own home, avoid unnecessary contact with other people living with you. They do not need to self-isolate unless they become unwell.
  • You should stay in your own room and use a dedicated bathroom and toilet for your personal use only (if possible).
  • Avoid sharing towels, toiletries or other household items with others in your house.
  • Wash clothes and bed linen in a separate load, using a hot wash cycle. Hang clothes out to dry, or use a machine dryer.
  • Avoid using the kitchen when other people are in the room and take your meals back to your room to eat.
  • Make sure you have separate items like plates and cutlery. Wash dishes using the dishwasher or wash them well in hot soapy water.
  • All of frequently touched items (eg. remotes, door knobs, light switches, benches) should be cleaned regularly with a detergent or disinfectant. Use disposable cleaning cloths such as paper towel or disposable wipes or cloths.
  • Maintain a 1.5 metre distance away from other people if you need to briefly move through shared living spaces in your home.
  • If there are times when you cannot avoid being in the same room as another person, limit the time you are together (less than 15 minutes) and wear a mask if you have one. If you don’t have a mask cover your coughs and sneezes with tissues, dispose of them in the bin in your room and wash or sanitise your hands.

 

23/3/2020-09:33 Globally, at least 339,000 people have contracted coronavirus and over 14,700 have died. Musician Neil Diamond used Twitter to sing an acoustic version of his famous hit Sweet Caroline with new lyrics to promote social distancing.

Twitter to sing an acoustic version of his famous hit “Sweet Caroline” with new lyrics to promote social distancing.

 

22/3/2020-19:54 Spain’s health ministry said today the country has lost another 394 in just the past 24 hours. The total number of confirmed fatalities is 1,720. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is going into home quarantine, after a doctor who gave her a vaccination on Friday has tested positive for coronavirus. The death toll in Italy has risen by 651 in the past 24 hours to 5,476.

22/3/2020-10:47 Globally, more than 300,000 people have contracted COVID-19 and at least 12,944 have died.

Italy's coronavirus deaths have surpassed those of China and are continuing to rise.

21/3/2020-14:08 Zimbabwe records a second case of COVID-19. A 30 year old Harare man who had travelled from New York tested positive according to Health Minister Dr Moyo. #ZimbabweCoronavirus

20/3/2020-21:00 Zimbabwe’s minister of health, Dr Obadiah Moyo has just announced on national television that the country has recorded its first case of COVID-19. This was confirmed by the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory at the Sally Mugabe Central Hospital in Harare. This is the first case of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe. The patient is 38 year old caucasian male and resident of Vic Falls. The person had travelled to Manchester (United Kingdom) and came back to Zimbabwe on the 15th of March via South Africa.

20/3/2020-12:10 Coronavirus has infected more than 244,500 people and killed over 10,000 worldwide.

19/3/2020-20:27 Due to COVID-19, the Gvt has announced new dates for closing schools and tertiary institutions. Schools and tertiary institutions will close on the 24th of March 2020. Government will advice  on the dates for reopening once the threat of the virus is adjudged to have receded.

19/3/2020-14:26 High-Touch Surfaces to Clean and Disinfect Daily (Wired):

  • Doorknobs
  • Table surfaces
  • Hard dining chairs (seat, back and arms)
  • Kitchen counters
  • Bathroom counters
  • Faucets, faucet knobs
  • Toilets, (seat and handle)
  • Light switches
  • TV remote controls
  • Game controllers

19/3/20-14:24 #NPRP

19/3/2020-09:10 Ministry of Health update:

19/3/2020-08:27 Japan is still planning to host the Olympics as scheduled from 24 July to 9 August, 2020. China reports no new domestic cases.

18/3/2020-21:50 The number of people dying from coronavirus in Italy has risen by 475 in one day to nearly 3,000 – the biggest increase since the outbreak-BBC

18/3/2020-14:47 Zambia Confirms two cases of the coronavirus.

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18/3/2020-09:38 Coronavirus has now hit all 50 states in the USA. GLOBAL SITUATION IN NUMBERS-total (new) cases in last 24 hours according to WHO- Globally 179 112 confirmed (11 526) 7426 deaths (475)

17/3/2020-10:12 Update by Cabinet on the National Preparedness and Response Progress Regarding the COVID-19 Outbreak:

Cabinet received and adopted a report by the Minister of Health and Child Care on the national preparedness and response progress regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.    As at 13 March 2020, more than 9 505 travellers had been screened at the country’s ports of entry and 378 put on surveillance.  The National Microbiology Reference Laboratory had tested 14 suspected cases for COVID-19 and all were negative.  Cabinet was informed that to date there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe.

The Minister advised that while more cases and deaths are being reported in Europe, 26 countries in Africa, have confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Of these countries, four are from the SADC region, namely:  South Africa, Eswathini, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  South Africa, in particular, has reported local spread of COVID-19, while the other three countries have reported imported cases largely from Europe.  His Excellency the President has already provided more detail on this.

Furthermore, a number of measures have been put in place to deal with the outbreak chief among which are the following:

  • Developing standard operating procedures (SOPs) to guide implementation in the following key areas: points of entry; self-isolation, surveillance; rapid response teams; and case investigation; laboratory case management, logistics, and infection prevention and control.  The SOPs aim to achieve efficiency, quality output and uniformity of performance in COVID-19 preparedness and response.
  • Strengthening the capacity of identified isolation centres to be ableto manage severe cases throughout the country.  Work has begun to upgrade Wilkins Hospital with support from the Chinese.
  • Procuring confirmatory test kits for COVID-19 with some having been received as donations from partners, such WHO, Africa CDC, DFID, and the Chinese Government.
  • Procurement of COVID-19 Rapid Diagnostic Test kits (RDTs) for use at ports of entry is in progress.
  • Discouragement of Zimbabweans from travelling to and through high risk affected countries as well as cancelling all non-essential travel.
  • Immediate suspension of all gatherings of more than 100 people, such as 2020 Independence Anniversary Celebrations, church gatherings, weddings and burial ceremonies for a period of 60 days.

Government also urges the citizenry to rely on official reports from the Ministry of Health and Child Care only.  Details on the operationalization of the directives will be announced in due course.

17/3/2020-15:10 Kenya confirms 4th case of COVID-19. Check Zimbabwe’s Minister of health update:

16/3/2020-18:57 Coronavirus vaccine testing begins in people as U.S. researchers give volunteer first experimental shot in Seattle-AP. apne.ws/v8uQ1Ws

16/3/2020-08:40 South Africa will close 32 of its 72 ports of entry to curtail the spread of Coronavirus. A University of Cape Town staff member and Wits University student have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

15/3/2020-23:14 According to Zimbabwe’s ministry of information-more than 9 700 travellers have been screened at the ports of entry and put on surveillance.

Rwanda president-Paul Kagame takes the WHO #SafeHands challenge.

 

15/03/2020-17:35 Kenya has announced that its national borders will be closed to travellers from any country with reported coronavirus cases. In South Africa, one of Wits University medical students tested positive for COVID-19. The university asked its medical students to undergo self-quarantine.

15/3/2020-17:30 People with underlying conditions should have access to medications-WHO

14/3/2020-18:22 Update from the Ministry of Health and Child Care

13/3/2020-16:27 Its time to fight misinformation

13/3/2020-15:53 Eight more South Africans have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total to 24. The cases are limited to four provinces: KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng (with 10 cases each), the Western Cape (3 cases) and Mpumalanga (1 case).

English Premier League hang-up all matches until 3 April – Uefa Champions League and Europa League also affected.

11/3/2020-18:35 Coronavirus now a pandemic-WHO

11/3/2020-09:37 LATEST NUMBERS: Coronavirus has infected more than 115,800 people and killed over 4,200 worldwide.

11/3/2020-08:52 The Thai national who attracted headlines for having evaded health authorities for coronavirus examination-yesterday voluntarily returned to Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital in Harare.

9/3/2020-23:55 Four more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in South Africa.

9/3/2020-10:22 Another suspected Zimbabwe case of Coronavirus isolated in Harare. This becomes the fourth case referred to Wilkins Infectious Disease Hospital.

8/03/2020- 21:25 The death toll in Italy rises by 133 to 366 in one day. The number of infected hits 7,375. To curb the COVID-19 from spreading, the Prime Minister puts 16 million citizens in the north on lockdown and threatens them with a fine or three months jail if they leave quarantine zones.

8/3/2020-15:29 The wife of the first man to be diagnosed with the coronavirus in South Africa has also tested positive according to health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize.

7/3/2020-22:59 A second case of coronavirus related to the first has been reported in South Africa. According to media reports, “The 39-year-old woman from Gauteng was in direct contact with the first case from KwaZulu-Natal. She was part of the group of 10 that had travelled to Italy.” Italy saw a dramatic increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases today with a rise of 1,247 in a single day with 36 fatalities reported on Saturday. Coronavirus has killed more than 3,400 people, and infected over 101,400.

A tweet from the Ministry of Information

5/3/2020-14:35 BREAKING: First case of Coronavirus Detected in South Africa. South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed that a suspected case of COVID-19 has tested positive. The patient is a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife. They were part of a group of 10 people and they arrived back in South Africa on March 1, 2020.

5/3/2020-14:17 US death toll reaches 11 as California declares a state of emergency after announcing its first coronavirus death.

5/3/2020-14:12 The International Monetary Fund-IMF- announces USD50bn in funding for affected countries. Coronavirus has killed more than 3,300 people worldwide with the mainland China being the most affected.

5/3/2020-00: 08 Italy- with a total of 107 deaths (the most serious outbreak in Europe) will shut all schools from Thursday for 10 days. Serie A football matches including other professional sports-will be played behind closed doors for a month.

4/3/2020-23:50 LATEST DEVELOPMENTS:

  • Coronavirus has killed 3,200 people worldwide, the vast majority in mainland China.
  • There are now over 92,000 global cases
  • Infections are in more than 70 countries and territories

4/5/2020-19:34 President Mnangagwa has banned civil servants from foreign trips to curtail the risk of exposure to coronavirus.

3/4/2020-09:39-According to Deputy Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe- Mr Zhao Baogang-no single Zimbabwean studying or working in China has been diagnosed with coronavirus. The embassy yesterday said that the plague was now under control.

3/3/2020-19:20 POST CABINET BRIEFING: National Preparedness and Response Progress Regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, (COVID-19) Outbreak.

The Minister of Health and Child Care updated Cabinet on the national preparedness and response regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Cabinet was informed that as of 1st March 2020, a total of 6 169 travellers had been screened at our air and ground ports of entry, with the majority through the R.G. Mugabe International Airport in Harare.

Cabinet was informed that two suspected cases were detected and isolated at Wilkins Hospital over the weekend.  One is a Zimbabwean from Barhrain and the other is a Chinese citizen from Hunan Province.  Subsequent tests for the two were conducted locally and were negative, the two were discharged, but will continue on the 21 day follow up and monitoring.

As an additional measure, Cabinet resolved as follows:

  • that all visitors from affected countries should hold valid medical certificates of clearance for Corona Virus showing that they have been examined for symptoms and tested for Corona Virus at a designated Government health institution in their country;
  • that all Government Emergency agencies including the Civil Protection Unit have to gear towards preparedness in advance of COVID-19;
  • that Government workers at all borders should work as a team so as to enhance national preparedness against COVID-19; and
  • That spot checks on visitors on the 21-day self-quarantine should continue to be enhanced. Cabinet was informed that the Ministry of Health and Child Care continues to coordinate the training of Doctors, Nurses, Laboratory Scientists, Health Promotion, Environmental Health ad Infection and Control Officers at Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital.  The trained cadres are expected to cascade the training to all institutions from central hospitals to the clinic level.

3/2/2020- 09:00 Government announced that a second suspected coronavirus patient-a traveller from Hunan Province in China- has been put under isolation at Wilkins Hospital in Harare.  Tests are being conducted and results are anticipated today. The number of people killed worldwide by the coronavirus has exceeded 3,000.

29/2/2020 21:55 BREAKING: One person with coronavirus has died in the US. This is the first death in the US from the disease.

THE latest numbers: Coronavirus has killed more than 2,900 people worldwide, the vast majority in mainland China. There have been more than 85,000 global cases. Yesterday the World Health Organization-WHO-warned that the spread of the virus is “getting bigger”. Go to WHO website for more details about how to protect yourself: