743 days of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and as of 10 April 2022, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reported that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases had increased to 246 973 after 15 new cases all local cases, were recorded. The highest case tally was recorded in Mashonaland East with 5 cases. We note that the Hospitalisation rate data as at 15:00hrs on 9 April 2022, was: 28 hospitalised cases: 3 New Admissions, 4 Asymptomatic cases, 22 mild-to-moderate cases, 1 severe cases and 1 cases in Intensive Care Unit. 8 of the 28 hospitalized were vaccinated and 20 were not vaccinated. A total of 14 560 people received their 1st dose of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 5 718 077. A total of 1 542 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 3 596 472. A total of 3 120 people received their 3rd dose of vaccine shots bringing the cumulative for 3rd doses to 534 876. Active cases went down to 1 177. The recovery rate remained at 97%. The total number of recoveries went up to 240 339 increasing by 83 recoveries. The death toll remains at 5 457, after no new deaths were recorded.
Area of Concern
Relaxation on adherence to public health guidelines
We continue to note a general trend, throughout communities, businesses and public spaces, indicating a relaxation in observing social distancing, use of face masks and sanitizers. Further noting that the same trends have been observed within the public transport system and low case count, we continue to call for the consideration of the revision of the COVID-19 Regulations, to stem anti-COVID-19 fatigue.
- We reiterate our calls on consideration of the adjustment or removal of the mask mandate at this time. The recommend that the mask mandate may be adjusted as other measures as per need.
- We call for intensification of the vaccination program with complete, accurate and simplified answers to commonly asked questions.