619 days of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and as of 7th of December 2021, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reported that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases had increased to 145 362 after 4 031 new cases all local cases, were recorded. The highest case tally was recorded in Mashonaland East with 601 cases. We note that the Hospitalisation rate data as at 15:00hrs on 6 December 2021, 226 hospitalised cases: 52 New Admissions, 13 Asymptomatic cases, 173 mild-to-moderate cases, 39 severe cases and 9 cases in Intensive Care Units. A total of 14 334 people received their 1st doses of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 3 896 589. A total of 18 587 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 2 910 953. Active cases go up to 11 908. The total number of recoveries went up to 129 006 increasing by 40 recoveries. The recovery rate has dropped to 89% from 93%. The death toll goes up to 4 718 after 5 new deaths were recorded today.
Critical Emerging Issue
Closure of Courts
We take note regarding the Judicial Service commission (JSC) announcement regarding the two-day temporary closure of courts will affect the JSC Harare Head Office and at least 19 Magistrates’ Courts around the country following confirmation of COVID-19 cases. We note that the closure is temporary beginning on the Wednesday the 8th, ending Thursday 9th of December 2021 to permit disinfection of premises, testing and contact tracing to contain the spread of the virus. Business will resume Friday, 10 December 2021.
The affected courts are as follows:- Harare Civil and Criminal (Rotten Row) Courts; Tredgold Court in Bulawayo; Gweru Criminal; Gwanda Civil and Criminal Courts; Plumtree; Mutawatawa; Shurugwi; Chitungwiza; Goromonzi; Norton; Rusape; Chegutu; Inyathi; Kadoma; Mbare; and Mutare Civil and Criminal Courts
- We call for the JSC to strengthen contact tracing of members of the public who were in attendance at courts.
- We call for extended testing of the population of detainees and prisoner to support testing and tracing.
Vaccine Booster Shots
We raise concern regarding conflicting statements and positions regarding the value and proposals to deliver booster shots those already vaccinated as a means to address Omicron infections. We amplify the anxiety of the elderly, those with chronic conditions and the frail who require medical guidance at the soonest.
- We call for the Ministry of Health and Child Care together with their respective partners to deliberate and finalise for the public clear guidance on booster shots for Zimbabwe.
Source: Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe