705 days of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and as of 3rd March 2022, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reported that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases had increased to 238 106 after 603 new cases all local cases, were recorded. The highest case tally was recorded in Manicaland with 144 cases. We note that the Hospitalisation rate data as at 15:00hrs on 2nd March 2022, was: 45 hospitalised cases: 7 New Admissions, 1 Asymptomatic case, 37 mild-to-moderate cases, 7 severe cases and 0 cases in Intensive Care Unit. A total of 4 199 people received their 1st dose of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 4 368 633. A total of 4 048 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 3 403 501. A total of 2 126 people received their 3rd dose of vaccine shots bringing the cumulative for 3rd doses to 132 585. Active cases went up to 5 267. The recovery rate remains at 96%. The total number of recoveries went up to 227 442 increasing by 434 recoveries. The death toll rose to 5 397, after 1 new death was recorded.
Area of Concern
Increased political activity and adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols
We continue to note various electoral activities by stakeholders in preparation of the Elections, in particular political campaign rallies. We further note the increasing number of gatherings currently taking place, including political party rallies, where the majority of attendees fail to adhere to safety health protocols such as mask wearing . Therefore, we continue to underscore the importance of ensuring that citizens are afforded the opportunity to freely exercise their democratic right to vote, campaign and contest, while at the same time prioritising citizens’ safety and protection from COVID-19.
- We urge uniform enforcement of the COVID-19 Regulations, and equal treatment before the law for all citizens, political parties and stakeholders during this period.
- We urge political parties and other stakeholders to be alive to the challenging COVID-19 context, and to conduct their activities in preparation of the By-Elections, in a manner that does note plunge the country into another potential wave.
- We urge the timeous publishing of a Guidance note from ZEC for guiding the electorate and candidates to ensure their safe and equal participation in the By-Elections during COVID-19.
Source: Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe