694 days of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and as of 20th of February 2022, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reported that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases had increased to 233 352 after 128 new cases all local cases, were recorded. The highest case tally was recorded in Masvingo with 57 cases. We note that the Hospitalisation rate data as at 15:00hrs on 19 February 2022, was: 37 hospitalised cases: 3 New Admissions, 15 Asymptomatic cases, 18 mild-to-moderate cases, 3 severe cases and 1 case in Intensive Care Unit. A total of 1 493 people received their 1st doses of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 4 336 120. A total of 1 053 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 3 369 072. A total of 463 people received their 3rd dose of vaccine shots bringing the cumulative for 3rd doses to 101 745. Active cases went down to 3 026. The recovery rate remains at 96%. The total number of recoveries went up to 224 940 increasing by 145 recoveries. The death toll remained at 5 386, as no new deaths were recorded.
Area of Concern
COVID-19 containment in schools
We note with concern, the recording of COVID-19 cases in schools, particularly 13 cases from Masvingo, 2 from Matebeleland North, and 1 from Manicaland. We note that these worrying developments come in barely 2 weeks after schools have re-opened. We continue to highlight the need to prioritize the safety of learners, teachers and supporting staff, by minimizing risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- We urge strengthening of COVID-19 surveillance in schools and tertiary institutions.
- We urge strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines and protocols in educational institutions, which includes regular fumigation of education premises and buses which ferry pupils and staff.
- We call upon Government to strengthen the improvement of water and sanitation infrastructure and services to schools across the country.
- We call upon Government to ensure effective provision of masks and other PPE’s to schools and the education sector as a whole.
Source: Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe