By John Cassim

HARARE, Zimbabwe – At least 131 people have died and more than 135,000 infected in a malaria outbreak as a COVID-19 pandemic hits Zimbabwe.

“The cumulative figures of malaria are 135,585 and 131 deaths, a total 201 malaria outbreaks have been reported throughout the country mostly from Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland East. 90 outbreaks have been controlled,” the Health Ministry said Saturday on Twitter.

It said, “This week, 18,690 malaria cases and 17 deaths were reported. Of the reported cases 1935 (10.4%) were from the under five years old.”

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