692 days of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and as of 19th of February 2022, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reported that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases had increased to 233 224 after 194 new cases all local cases, were recorded. The highest case tally was recorded in Masvingo with 61 cases. We note that the Hospitalisation rate data as at 15:00hrs on 18 February 2022, was: 48 hospitalised cases: 6 New Admissions, 15 Asymptomatic cases, 29 mild-to-moderate cases, 3 severe cases and 1 cases in Intensive Care Unit. A total of 2 758 people received their 1st doses of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 4 334 627. A total of 3 642 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 3 368 019. A total of 3 929 people received their 3rd dose of vaccine shots bringing the cumulative for 3rd doses to 101 283. Active cases went up to 3 043. The recovery rate remains at 96%. The total number of recoveries went up to 224 795 increasing by 122 recoveries. The death toll goes up to 5 386 after 1 death was recorded.
We note that direct coverage of the outbreaks has included the 16 new cases arising from schools in Masvingo 13, Matebeleland North 2, and Manicaland 1.
Area of Concern
Increased social, economic and political activities with poor adherence to COVID-19 safety measures
We continue to bring under spotlight the growing practice of non-adherence to safety measures in social, religious , political and economic activities, a signal of complete relaxation of COVID-19 measures. This raises concern especially in a context where COVID-19 is quickly gaining ground in schools and tertiary institutions.
We also note with concern reports from travellers indicating the high level of inconsistencies in ensuring sanitisation on the buses. Whilst, we note that there is high adherence in requesting passengers to have masks, it does not translate to requests that passengers actually wear those masks.
Further, there is clear inconsistencies in providing sanitizers prior boarding of buses and even usage of sanitizers during journey that often are over 3-hour journeys. We therefore worry that such complacency displayed by the public, businesses and employers may plunge the country into another wave of COVID-19.
- We call for enforcement agents to strengthen efforts to ensure adherence to COVID-19 prevention measures.
- We urge citizens to observe public health guidelines as they meet and interact in social, economic, and political activities.
- We continue to call for the strict implementation of public health safety protocols in the public transport system.
Source: Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe