‘Covid-19 second wave easing but Zim not out of the woods yet’

The second wave of Covid-19 seems to be slowing down as the number of daily new infections are declining compared to previous weeks but the country is not out of the woods yet, as citizens must continue adhering to prescribed measures to prevent a resurgence of infections.

According to the latest tally of figures released by the Ministry of Health and Child Care, as of February 3, 2021, Zimbabwe has 33 964 confirmed Covid-19 cases including 27 391 recoveries and 1 269 deaths.

150 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded on February 3, down from 266 on February 2, while on February 1 there were 160 new cases.

In her weekly update on the Covid-19 response, Chief Coordinator for the National response to Covid-19 pandemic in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr Agnes Mahomva, said the country’s epidemic curve, which shows the progression of the coronavirus outbreak over time, was waning.

“The country’s epidemic curve is showing that the second wave is beginning to level off, we think this is an indication that the country’s response is getting back on track,” she said.

“The implementation of the nation’s surge specific strategies and activities that I talked about at the start of January this year – that is at the beginning of the second stringiest lockdown are beginning to show some results.”

The National Recovery Rate now stands at 80.6 percent while people with active coronavirus cases went down to 5 304 on February 3, 2021.

However, Dr Mahomva cautioned, “the country is not out of the woods yet.”

“We must remain focused and continue to strengthen our response,” she said.

The Chief Coordinator attributed the spike in cases recorded during the past few weeks to the surge in the moderate or severely ill cases that required advanced medical care.

“Harare and Bulawayo continue to be the country’s two hotspots, note however that provinces in the southern part of the country, such as Bulawayo metropolitan itself, seems to be on the recovery path with recorded new cases per week steadily going down,” Dr Mahomva said.

Bulawayo recorded 26 new cases on February 3, and now has a cumulative total of 4 906 people with Covid-19 while the total number of deaths in the city are 189.

Harare recorded 51 new infections on the same day taking its total number of cases to 12 013 with 487 deaths.

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