Zim sees resurgence in Covid-19 cases

COVID-19 infections doubled this week from the previous week with all provinces across the country recording an increase in transmissions, while men were the most infected and accounted for most of the deaths, data has shown.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has defined this rise of cases as ‘resurgence,’ which is an increase in new cases after a period of two consecutive weeks of lower or no transmission.

1 331 new Covid-19 cases were detected with 28 deaths, as of June 30, 2021.

The country recorded its highest one-day record of 1 365 cases on January 5 this year during the second wave.

On June 29, 2021, the country recorded 1 249 new local cases, another high daily increase of Covid-19 infections, bringing the current total to 49 864 cases, with 39 121 recoveries and 1 789 deaths.

According to statistics from the health ministry, in the week leading up to June 25, 2021, the seven day rolling average (which shows numbers at the end of the week) for new Covid-19 cases more than doubled.

This graph shows how new cases of Covid-19 have gone up over the last seven days.

From June 19 to 25, 2021, an average of 554 daily cases were reported against an average 235 cases per day in the previous week.

This graph from the health ministry shows the Covid-19 spikes over past year.

By June 25, Zimbabwe had recorded 45 217 Covid -19 cases and 1,721 deaths. This is how cases were split by province.

All provinces according to the ministry of health are seeing a Covid-19 resurgence.

Males accounted for 54 percent of cases while the proportion of children of school going age from five years to 19  stood at 11.1 percent.

As at the week to June 25, males accounted for 58 percent of deaths from Covid-19 in Zimbabwe.

This table shows that the Case Fatality Rate among older age groups remains very high. Case Fatality Rate is the proportion of the people diagnosed with Covid-19 who die from it.

According to the health ministry, as of June 25, 2021,  4 466 health workers have contracted Covid-19 since the pandemic hit Zimbabwe last year in April.

The government says it has given frontline workers who are yet to be vaccinated up to July 14, of which those who are not vaccinated will have their Covid-19 insurance pay outs withheld.

Cabinet said  20 percent of frontline workers are still not vaccinated, posing a risk to co-workers and patients.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has noted it is “extremely worrying” as more countries record increases in Covid-19 cases, saying the spread of new variants of the coronavirus, including the Delta variant, was partly behind the surge.

“This is driven by a mix of public fatigue, social mixing, ineffective use of public health and social measures, and vaccine inequity, and the spread of new variants,” said WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Africa also lags behind with vaccination, reportedly accounting for just under 1.5 percent of all the vaccines administered globally so far.

Data also gathered from the Public Health Information Lab.

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