Zimbabwe Lockdown: Day 706– WCoZ Situation Report

706 days of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and as of 4th March 2022, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reported that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases had increased to 238 739 after 633 new cases all local cases, were recorded. The highest case tally was recorded in Manicaland with 148 cases. We note that the Hospitalisation rate data as at 15:00hrs on 3 March 2022, was: 77 hospitalised cases: 15 New Admissions, 13 Asymptomatic cases, 57 mild-to-moderate cases, 7 severe cases and 0 cases in Intensive Care Unit. A total of 1 971 people received their 1st dose of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 4 370 604. A total of 2 127 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 3 405 628. A total of 5 410 people received their 3rd dose of vaccine shots bringing the cumulative for 3rd doses to 137 995. Active cases went up to 5 453. The recovery rate remains at 96%. The total number of recoveries went up to 227 889 increasing by 447 recoveries. The death toll remained at 5 397, after 0 deaths were recorded.

Area of Concern

Ports of Entry

We note, with growing concern, that despite the cabinet announcement that ports of entry were open for normal traffic with attendant COVID-19 measures in place, in real terms the Lockdown regulations have not been accordingly amended at law. This has been the position for the past two weeks and it is causing confusion among communities and our networks and problematically increasing risks of rent seeking behaviour from officials interacting with a desperate public which is trying to recover from the devastating economic impacts of the lockdowns and restrictions on regional travel.

We highlight that successful management of COVID-19 requires adequate community awareness and prompt action from the state to retain protection of a population which is still short of the national vaccination programme targets. 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 Government to prioritise addressing legal measures to support the administrative transition from hard lockdowns timeously.
  • We continue to urge progressive rights protective legislation to ensure that the COVID-19 pandemic does not unduly curtail the rights and lives of the population more than necessary at law.
  • We urge Government to protect efforts to support equitable recovery out of the pandemic.

Source: Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe

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