732 days of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and as of 31st March 2022, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reported that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases had increased to 246 182 after 140 new cases all local cases, were recorded. The highest case tallies was recorded in Matebeleland North with 32 cases. We note that the Hospitalisation rate data as at 15:00hrs on 29th March 2022, was: 39 hospitalised cases: 6 New Admissions, 4 Asymptomatic cases, 29 mild-to-moderate cases, 6 severe cases and 0 cases in Intensive Care Unit. 14 of the 39 hospitalized were vaccinated and 25 were not vaccinated. A total of 122 061 people received their 1st dose of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 5 171 283. A total of 11 806 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 3 519 000. A total of 28 773 people received their 3rd dose of vaccine shots bringing the cumulative for 3rd doses to 336 386. Active cases went down to 2 712. The recovery rate remains at 96%. The total number of recoveries went up to 238 030 increasing by 486 recoveries. The death toll went up to 5 440, after 1 new death was recorded.
Area of Concern
Disregard for COVID-19 Restrictions
We highlight concerns in socio-economic spaces and forums were our snap survey indicated increased disregard of COVID-19 restrictions. The survey notes with alarm that only 58% of Zimbabweans are avoiding social gatherings down from 91% in 2020. This is a significant drop of adherence to COVID regulations. We continue to highlight the high transmissibility of present COVID-19 variants and the point of COVID-19 transmission even in a vaccinated population or a population with potentially high natural immunity.
We call for increased displays of personal responsibility and awareness in adherence to COVID-19 regulation in all socio-economic social gatherings and activities.
We call upon the media to increase coverage of COVID-19 news reporting.