Zimbabwe recording decrease in COVID-19 cases

ZIMBABWE has been recording a decrease in Covid-19 new cases and deaths over the past week a development which experts say may mislead people into complacency and perceived immunity which may destroy the gains made so far.
Since its introduction in February, the national vaccination against Covid-19 has seen more people being inoculated which has been commended in the region.
Data from the World Health Organisation for full vaccinations per 100 people shows Zimbabwe is one of 13 countries who managed to vaccinate at least 10 percent of its adult population by September.
Cases in schools continue to rise and the Government has said the number is insignificant and that a majority of the cases are asymptomatic.
In her post-cabinet briefing on Tuesday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said Cabinet was pleased to note the number of people in need of hospitalization had been on the decrease during the past 21 days.
“We are happy to note that cases  decreased significantly over the last 21 days and continue declining, due to the effective COVID-19 control measures and protocols put in place by the Government. Treasury has also consistently provided the much-needed financial resources for the mitigation measures, with ZW$34.2 billion having been availed so far,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
She also noted that out of a total school enrolment of 4.6 million, the number of COVID-19-positive cases detected is insignificant.

“All cases are being well-managed in line with the Standard Guidelines for the Coordinated Prevention and Management of COVID-19 at all learning institutions in Zimbabwe. Furthermore, most cases among learners are asymptomatic or have only mild symptoms. Accordingly, the Cabinet resolved that schools will remain open. Learners who are isolated will be provided with alternative learning platforms,” she added.
Local health expert Dr Rita Dlodlo said community members had done well in getting vaccinated although they should be careful of complacency in light of the emerging variant.
She said as people continue getting vaccinated they should not stop practicing the recommended guidelines.
“We commend  residents who went out in their numbers to get vaccinated and although we are not closer to reaching  our population immunity which we will achieve when at least 80 percent of our adults are vaccinated.  This means we cannot abandon all the public health guidelines like washing hands, practicing social distancing and masking up as we are not yet out of the woods,” said Dr Dlodlo.
One of Bulawayo residents Sinqobile Mpofu said she was worried about the carelessness being displayed by people in public spaces despite the prevalence of Covid-19.
“We are happy that cases are down but we are worried because people think being vaccinated gives them immunity against Covid-19. People are tired of wearing masks properly or sanitizing all the time which means our risk is as high as the number of people who are getting vaccinated. I think the Government, through the police, should ensure we continue complying so that we are not hit by another wave in the near future,” she said.

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