Cold weather kills 12 people in Zimbabwe

12 people have died of common cold and influenza in the country this year while  9 962 cases of the diseases have been reported in one week countrywide.

According to the recent weekly surveillance report from the Ministry of Health and Child, Masvingo and Midlands provinces recorded the highest number of cases.

“The cumulative figures for common cold and influenza are 792 447 cases and 12 deaths since the beginning of the year. A total of 9 962 suspected common cold and influenza cases were reported and no deaths were recorded during the week ending 24 June 2018,” read the report.

The highest numbers of cases were reported from Masvingo which had 980 cases and Midlands which had 910 cases.

“We continue to encourage members of the public to wear warm clothing. People with influenza often suffer from fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue,” said the Ministry.

This comes at a time when the Meteorological Services Department has urged residents to stay warm during the cold spell that has been sweeping cross the country since last week.

Regional weather bodies have predicted the cold weather will continue this week, although the Met Dept had said temperatures may pick up after yesterday. zimpapers