Harare – Local doctors have warned against complacency saying the fight against the coronavirus was not yet over. These remarks were made as some considered a decline in the number of coronavirus cases recorded in Zimbabwe earlier this week to be a signal that things were normalising.
The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights Doctors (ZADHR) secretary Norman Matara, however, warned of the possibility of a second wave of the virus. He added:
We need to remain extra vigilant and cautious, continue enhancing our disease surveillance and make sure the public continues to practise social distancing and good hygiene practices.
With cases of COVID-19 continuing to increase in neighbouring South Africa, and we have people returning home from that country, we should always remain on high alert. It is definitely not time to relax.
His remarks were echoed by the director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during his media briefing on Monday.
He said the virus still had a lot of room to move therefore the “hard reality is: this is not even close to being over.”
The Ministry of Health and Child Care reported on Wednesday that the country had 605 cases with the majority of cases being returnees from other countries including South Africa.