697 days of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and as of 23rd of February 2022, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reported that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases had increased to 234 589 after 609 new cases all local cases, were recorded. The highest case tally was recorded in Masvingo with 159 cases. We note that the Hospitalisation rate data as at 15:00hrs on 22nd February 2022, was: 47 hospitalised cases: 7 New Admissions, 15 Asymptomatic cases, 26 mild-to-moderate cases, 5 severe cases and 1 case in Intensive Care Unit. A total of 3 070 people received their 1st doses of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 4 343 700. A total of 4 534 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 3 377 702. A total of 3 385 people received their 3rd dose of vaccine shots bringing the cumulative for 3rd doses to 108 955. Active cases went up to 3 449. The recovery rate remains at 96%. The total number of recoveries went up to 225 143 increasing by 90 recoveries. The death toll remained at 5 388.
Area of Concern
Reduced media coverage of COVID-19
We note, with growing concern, reduced media coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic in Zimbabwe, as the Nation moves to relax lockdown conditions, amidst increased electoral activities throughout the country, with little adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols. We also note seemingly very little uptake of the third booster shot by communities. We highlight that success of the booster shot roll-out requires adequate community awareness-raising and for the media at large to remain vigilant of the pandemic. We further note the COVID-19 fatigue not only amongst communities, but also amongst stakeholders, duty bearers, the media and information community. Cognisant of the key role played by the media in addressing matters of national concern.
- We call upon the media to remain vigilant to the pandemic in Zimbabwe.
- We call upon the editors and respective newsrooms to continue to prioritise the coverage and reporting of COVID-19 amidst other competing areas of interest.
- We urge robust grassroots information dissemination on the booster shots/third vaccine rollout.
Source: Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe