The government projects a moderate increase in Covid-19 victims from the current nine (9) to one thousand (1000) by April 2021.
The information is contained in the Domestic and International Humanitarian Appeal for Assistance document which was signed by President Mnangagwa last week.
“Covid-19 response for 12 months targeting 1000 cases (and the) estimated budget is US$220,403,197”, the document says.
The projections are being used to seek for financial assistance as the authorities continue facing challenges in the fight against the pandemic which has infected nearly 1.4 million and killed nearly 73 000 people across the world since late last year.
Zimbabwe currently has nine confirmed Covid-19 cases with one death but a low testing rate which has seen less than 400 people being tested since the advent of the infection has raised suspicions about the factuality of the statistics.
Furthermore, of the 16 032 people that have returned into the country since the advent of the virus, only 200 have been tested on entrance.
These figures have increased fears that the virus could be infecting many unknowingly.
Government still contends that the current 21-day lockdown will be able to reveal any hidden infections.
However a shortage of adequate material to deal with the virus has hogged the limelight with Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, local millionaire Strive Masiyiwa and other private players providing respite through supportive injections of material and financial support.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) President Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesus has already warned Africa to prepare for the worst.