Zimbabwe Lockdown: Day 669– WCOZ Situation Report

670 days of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and as of 27th of January 2022, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reported that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases had increased to 229 096 after 153 new cases all local cases, were recorded. The highest case tally was recorded in Manicaland with 32 cases. We note that the Hospitalisation rate data as at 15:00hrs on 26 January 2022, was: 53 hospitalised cases: 4 New Admissions, 1 Asymptomatic cases, 42 mild-to-moderate cases, 8 severe cases and 2 cases in Intensive Care Unit. A total of 4 421 people received their 1st doses of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 4 256 799. A total of 4 783 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 3 285 803. A total of 251 people received their 3rd dose of vaccine shots bringing the cumulative for 3rd doses to 48 966. Active cases went down to 7 073. The recovery rate remains at 94%. The total number of recoveries went up to 216 699 increasing by 671 recoveries. The death toll went up to 5 324 after 3 deaths were recorded.

We note the newly announced lockdown measures, which include the re-opening of nightclubs and bars from 8am-10pm, to fully vaccinated patrons only. We urge strict enforcement of COVID-19 regulations and safety protocols in these spaces, so as to ensure that they do not become hotspots for spreading of the virus. We further note the opening of schools scheduled for 7 February 2022. Appreciating these developments, we reiterate our concerns for ensuring full compliance of COVID-19 safety protocols, in order to safeguard the health of learners, teaching and support staff.

Area of Concern

Detainees and Prisoners

We continue to highlight the despairing situation of arrested persons and detainees vis-à-vis COVID-19 containment measures and support. We continue to be distressed by reports indicating limited support for the issuance and reissuance of masks in such conditions in holding cells and prisons. We are further, concerned by the outstanding reports of the status of COVID-19 in the detainee and prison population during the fourth wave.

  • We continue to call out government to provide the nation with an update on the status of COVID-19 in law enforcement officers including in the correctional services
  • We urge the Prison Inspectorate to conduct a special series of COVID -19 assessment and visits to holding cells and prisons
  • We continue to await the adoption of robust measures to ensure that this vulnerable population is not subjected to undue hardship and exposure to COVID-19.

Source: Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe

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