THE Ministry of Health and Child Care would like to report that the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory tested 47 samples.

One of these, a contact of the third case, tested positive for COVID-19.

The Ministry would like to advise the nation that the three cases reported by Mashonaland East province are cases which had already been reported as Harare cases, as they had been managed at Wilkins Hospital, Harare.

To date, Zimbabwe has 8 confirmed cases, including one death as shown in the table below.

This time marked the beginning of the 21-day total lockdown period.

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The Ministry continues to be on HIGH alert to the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to remind everyone to practice good personal hygiene:

Wash hands with soap and water frequently or use of an alcohol-based hand-rub.
Cover your nose and mouth with tissue paper or flexed elbow when coughing and sneezing.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick, coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. For assistance, please call the COVID-19 tollfree hotline number: 2019.
Distributed on behalf of Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe.

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