The Zimbabwe health department has taken a shocking U-turn on the number of Coronavirus cases stating its 34 not 40 positive cases.
On Friday authorities announced that the statistics of the novel virus in Zimbabwe were at 34 not the initial 40 that was announced at the beginning of the week.
The Health Ministry said the mistake was caused by the clustering of sic results which were reported as positive for the dreaded pandemic.
The mistake was however corrected after taking the six for a quality assurance process.
Said the Ministry: “The Ministry would like to report the results of the Quality Assurance process instituted following an unusual clustering of six cases that were reported as positive from Harare on the 29th of April 2020 have confirmed all of them were negative for Covid-19.”
According to the ministry, all the latest PCR tests done in Harare were negative for Covid-19.
“Therefore, to date, Zimbabwe still has 34 confirmed Covid-19 cases and not forty as previously reported,” said the ministry.
Doubts over the credibility of the statistics being availed by government are beginning to take centre stage as many questions arise as to what led to authorities making a rushed declaration before exhausting all processes.
But the Health Ministry reassured the nation that all results continued to be guided by the values and principles of professionalism, transparency and accountability and that the systems in place will assure continued reporting of accurate and reliable results in line with the Quality Management System.
A total of 977 tests were done giving a total of 9 291 screening and diagnostic tests done to date.