Southern Africa


The Zimbabwe government has announced plans for mass testing that aims to examine at least 33,000 suspected coronavirus cases by the end of April.

The ministry of health disclosed that as at Tuesday it had tested 665 people. The country has so far confirmed 18 cases of coronavirus.

Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana, stated that the mass testing will combine polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests: using swabs to collect mucous and saliva samples for testing, as well as using a tuberculosis diagnostic tool approved for Covid-19 testing.

He added that Zimbabwe had about 167 of the diagnostic tools and has ordered thousands of cartridges.