Zimbabwe recorded 8 coronavirus related deaths on the 2nd of January to push the death toll to 377 since the first fatality in March last year.
The new deaths were reported in Masvingo and Harare provinces, in that order, which had two (2) and six (6) reported deaths.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care revealed the development in a statement which also indicated that the country had recorded 407 new cases.
The statement also highlighted that all 407 new cases were local. Harare recorded the most cases – 199 followed by Bulawayo at 42, Manicaland at 38 and Midlands at 32.
Meanwhile, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who doubles as the Minister of Health and Child Care, yesterday announced a raft of measures premised on curbing the spread of the virus.
Among the measures, Chiwenga moved to close the economy ordering that only essential services such as hospitals, pharmacies and supermarkets remain open with only essential staff allowed to come to work.
He added that these services can only open at 8 am, must close at 3 pm and will be subject to a curfew that will start at 6 pm and end at 6 am.
These measures are being reintroduced in the backdrop of a recent surge in the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths countrywide.
Reports say most Harare health institutions, public and private, designated for the treatment of coronavirus patients are overwhelmed and there is no room to accommodate new patients.
Source | Ministry of Health and Child Care