Covid-19 hospitalisation cases decline

The number of people in need of hospitalisation for Covid-19 in the country is falling as the bed occupancy rate has gone down from 4.62 percent the previous week to 4.3 percent during the week under review.

As of October 05, 2021, Zimbabwe’s national recovery rate stands at 95 percent as active cases go down to 2 593 while 99 percent of cases are attributable to local transmission.

Zimbabwe has recorded 131 335 confirmed cases, including 124 113 recoveries and 4 629 deaths.

In a post-cabinet briefing Tuesday, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa, said regarding case management, infection, prevention and control, the number of people in need of hospitalisation for Covid-19 continues to fall from October 1, 2021.

“The country’s bed occupancy rate decreased from 4.62 percent the previous week to 4.3 percent during the week under review,” she said while 94 new admissions were recorded, with six patients placed under intensive care in the week of 1 October 2021.

According to the daily reporting by the Ministry of Health and Child Care, as of October 4, there were 25 hospitalised cases, with one new admission, zero asymptomatic cases, but 23 people were admitted with mild to moderate conditions, two patients had severe cases and zero in intensive care.

Cabinet also noted there was a decrease in cases of Covid-19 in schools across the country during the reporting period ending on  October 3, 2021.

“There were 815 cumulative cases compared to 1 267 cases reported last week,” Mutsvangwa said, noting the number of new infections decreased during the week under review, despite the slight increase in new cases in learning institutions.

In numbers, the daily average of new cases dropped to 238 per day from 246, the previous week.

“The following areas recorded the most significant number of new cases: Matabeleland South with 310 cases, Mashonaland East with 263 cases, Manicaland had 251 cases, Matabeleland North recorded 233 cases and Masvingo -202,” said Mutsvangwa.

The information minister advised citizens that in view of a “potential fourth wave and the general complacency experienced in most communities” following the relaxation from Level 4 to Level 2 lockdown, implementation and enforcement of all Public Health and Social Measures would continue to be strengthened with a focus on vaccine rollout and awareness campaigns at public places and gatherings.

To date, the number of people who received the first dose are 3 128 897 while those who have been fully vaccinated with second doses are 2 342 966.

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