Senior doctors say the lifting of coronavirus lockdown restrictions is necessary in order to protect livelihoods as the prolonged curtailment of economic activities was putting people at risk of starvation.
Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA) secretary-general Aaron Musara told the Daily News on Monday that the lockdown was put in place to allow authorities to prepare for the effects of the pandemic and it was time for Zimbabwe to come out of the woods. He said:
The role of medical services which could lead to a diagnosis of more cases is not reflected in those results, but all the same, the purpose of the lockdowns was largely to allow for preparation for handling the situation.
The world, including Zimbabwe, cannot continue to be in hiding forever.
There is no need for Zimbabwe to remain held down by lockdowns otherwise starvation would be the challenge as the economy takes a toll.
Musara noted that the number of infected people could be higher with more testing.
Nevertheless, the country had generally managed to control the spread of the pandemic considering the state of Zimbabwe’s health delivery system, Musara further observed.
As of 15 September 2020, Zimbabwe had 7 576 cumulative coronavirus cases, 5 783 total recoveries and 224 deaths.