The government could reintroduce tighter coronavirus restrictions and increase police checkpoints to prevent the third wave of infections.
Officials who spoke to The Sunday Mail last week expressed concern about the high levels of complacency being displayed by the generality of citizenry since the lockdown was relaxed early this month.
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The exemption letter requirement, which was used during the heightened lockdown to restrict movement, could be reinstated if people continue with their recklessness in most urban areas.
However, the Government will pursue other avenues such as increasing the pace of vaccination and arresting offenders before reinstating stricter measures.
Chief Co-ordinator of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Agnes Mahomva, had this to say:
As Government, we are always concerned when people get complacent because that is what led us to the second wave.
But as our main defence line, now that we have the vaccine, we are speeding up the programme to ensure that we immunise our target number as a way of minimising further infections.
Mpilo Central Hospital Acting chief executive officer, Professor Solwayo Ngwenya, warned that Zimbabwe faces a deadly third wave of infections that will be worse than previous waves. He tweeted on Friday:
Coronavirus: Back to the same pattern! Bulawayo starts with a high positivity rate of 19,5 per cent. Unfortunately, the third wave with the variants will be unforgiving.
This time things will erupt suddenly, and catastrophically. Stay at home if you can, it could save your life.