738 days of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and as of 5 April 2022, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reported that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases had increased to 246 744 after 132 new cases all local cases, were recorded. The highest case tally was recorded in Mash East with 27 cases. We note that the Hospitalisation rate data as at 15:00hrs on 4 April 2022, was: 18 hospitalised cases: 2 New Admissions, 2 Asymptomatic cases, 15 mild-to-moderate cases, 0 severe cases and 1 case in Intensive Care Unit. 7 of the 18 hospitalized were vaccinated and 11 were not vaccinated. A total of 26 570 people received their 1st dose of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 5 585 115. A total of 2 740 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 3 569 933. A total of 8 017 people received their 3rd dose of vaccine shots bringing the cumulative for 3rd doses to 476 781. Active cases went down to 2 238. The recovery rate remained at 97%. The total number of recoveries went up to 246 744 increasing by 198 recoveries. The death toll remained at 5 451, after no new deaths were recorded.
Area of Concern
Social Sector Rebuilding
- We continue to highlight the need to rebuild the nation post-COVID-19 in a manner that directly addresses the gaps in Zimbabwe’s social services infrastructure. Our call comes on the back of direct and express commitment and financing arrangements entered into the by the Government of Zimbabwe with various bi-lateral and multilateral institutions to support the COVID-19 response and recovery.
- We continue to raise alarm and draw attention to the 2022 UNICEF report on “Are Children Learning: Exploring Foundational Learning ln The Midst Of A Learning Crisis” which reveals that the percentage of Zimbabwean pupils attending Grade Three with satisfactory reading and arithmetic skills is only 28 and 9%, respectively.
- We therefore urge Government to invest in the social sector directly namely health, water and sanitation, food and livelihoods and ending violence against women without exception.