Spike in Covid-19 cases worries govt

The recent increase in Covid-19 cases in the country is worrying, the government said Tuesday, urging citizens to take precautionary measures and abide by the World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols.

Covid-19 cases have been on an upward trend in Zimbabwe since the detection of the Omicron variant in neighbouring South Africa late last month.

Just this week 50 Lupane State University students tested positive for Covid-19 and have since been isolated.

Yesterday a total of 4,031 new cases, up from 2, 555 recorded on Monday.

“Cabinet notes, with concern, that there has been a sharp increase in the average total number of new cases reported per day during the past two weeks,” decried Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa during a post-cabinet briefing Tuesday.

“The nation is advised that, as at 6 November 2021, the country’s cumulative Covid-19 cases stood at 141 601, with 128 966 recoveries and 4 713 deaths. The recovery rate was 93% with 7922 active cases having been reported.

Mutsvangwa said the government was calling upon citizens to strictly observe the national and World Health Organisation (WHO) Covid-19 protocols, most importantly the regulations contained in Statutory Instrument (SI) 267 announced last week, which she said would be strictly enforced.

“Focus continues to be on preventing a 4th wave of the Covid-19 outbreak,” she said.

“Government will be establishing vaccination sites at the main intra and inter-city bus termini, so as to ensure that those not vaccinated but wish to do so can have doses administered before they board the public transport. Please note that there will be a time when people will not be allowed to board public transport without a valid vaccination card; and the Ministry of Health and Child Care will continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education on the vaccination blitz of the 16-to-17 year age group in schools.”

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