There were no additional positive cases on Monday the 20th of April. A total of 457 tests were carried out in Harare and Bulawayo and all turned out negative. This brings the total number of tests carried out to 3 308.

In line with the new COVID-19 testing strategy, the Ministry continues to implement screening and diagnostic testing across all provinces. Today, a total of 457 tests were done as detailed in table 1 below, giving a total of 3 308 screening and diagnostic tests done to date.

Today, the Ministry received the second consignment of COVID-19 laboratory diagnostic test kits and personal protective equipment from the Jack Ma Foundation through the African Union.

The Ministry is very grateful to the Jack Ma Foundation for the support in strengthening the national response and will ensure equitable distribution of these commodities across all provinces.

The Ministry continues to be on HIGH alert to the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to remind the nation that, the most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to practise good personal hygiene and exercise social distancing.

When you use a mask, cover your mouth and nose, and make sure that there are no gaps between your face and the mask.

Avoid touching the mask while using it if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

If masks are not used correctly, they can be a source of infection.

For assistance, please call the COVID-19 tollfree hotline number: 2019.

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