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Zimbabwe’s measles outbreak has so far claimed 685 lives, the health ministry said on Saturday, more than four times the cases reported nearly a fortnight ago, even as a nationwide vaccination program continues.

Zimbabwe’s measles outbreak has so far claimed 685 lives, the health ministry said on Saturday, more than four times the cases reported nearly a fortnight ago, even as a nationwide vaccination program continues. “Zimbabwe has recorded 6,034 confirmed cases, including 4,266 and 685 deaths,” the ministry said in a Twitter post, adding that 191 new cases and 37 deaths were reported in a single day on September 1. succumbing to the disease, especially those from religious sects who do not believe in vaccination, the measles outbreak in Zimbabwe, the country’s Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said last month. According to government claims, apostolic sects do not believe in vaccinations and rely on prayers. Apostolic church leaders have not responded to government claims that their beliefs are responsible for a spread of measles. The government is reaching out to religious leaders for support and awareness, Mutsvangwa said. Appeals to Bishop Andby Makururu of the Johanne Masowe Apostolic Church were not immediately answered on Saturday.

Source: This news was originally published by sabcnews