707 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 239 019 after 280 new cases all local cases, were recorded. The highest case tally was recorded in Manicaland with 77 cases. We note that the hospitalisation rate data as at 15:00hrs on 4 March 2022, was: 82 hospitalised cases: 16 New Admissions, 7 Asymptomatic cases, 68 mild-to-moderate cases, 7 severe cases and 0 cases in Intensive Care Unit. A total of 2 477 people received their 1st dose of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 4 373 081. A total of 1 731 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 3 407 359. A total of 1 316 people received their 3rd dose of vaccine shots bringing the cumulative for 3rd doses to 139 311. Active cases went down to 5 398. The recovery rate remains at 96%. The total number of recoveries went up to 228 224 increasing by 335 recoveries. The death toll remained at 5 397, after 0 deaths were recorded.
Area of Concern
Drop in adherence to mandatory mask wearing despite rise in cases
We continue to draw attention to the significant drop in communities’ adherence to masking up, despite the rise in COVID-19 cases. Communities continue to demonstrate laxity in adherence to the mandatory mask wearing public health guidelines right across the country as reported by our membership as a result of a snap survey. Concerned for infection control within the informal sector which represents 80% of Zimbabwe economic activities which occur in work spaces are characterised by high levels of congestion and density of persons.
- We continue to remind and stress to both the public and policy makers that vaccination is not a substitute for infection control.
- We continue to call for adherence to physical distancing, wearing of face-masks and regular temperature checks by businesses both formal and informal.
Source: Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe