COVID-19: Zimbabwe Records 107 Deaths

Zimbabwe Tuesday recorded 107 deaths from Covid-19, the highest daily total since the first case in March 2020 with 54 of these deaths, half the total, in Harare.

The Ministry of Health and Child Care reports that 40 of the 54 deaths reported in Harare and 7 of the 14 deaths reported in Mashonaland West, occurred at the community level between 23 and 26 July.

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This is happening when new infections seem to be falling very gently after the third wave appeared to reach its peak on 15 July with a daily average of 2 355 new infections.

Nevertheless, yesterday’s rolling average of 1 899 new infections in a day is still around 55 times the 35 or so the Southern African country was recording each day between the second and third waves.

So while the third wave is not getting worse, it is still very bad and very dangerous and hence the Government’s insistence on maintaining and enforcing the enhanced level four lockdown.

Harare has now overtaken Mashonaland West as the worst-hit province generally recording at least twice as many infections as Mashonaland West, and sometimes more.

The death rates, however, have been continuing to rise even as infections rates stabilise and start falling. This is because the people who die now fell sick more than a week ago and many more than two weeks ago.

So death rates tend to reflect the infection rates at the time when those people fell ill. The number of active cases, and people in hospitals was also rising after the infection peak.

Yesterday, active cases yesterday fell to 27 935 sick people and 818 of these were in the hospitals with 42 in intensive care, while 80 were counted as in severe condition.

The government and other stakeholders are encouraging members of the public to get vaccinated to increase survival chances.

More: Pindula News; The Herald

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COVID-19: Zimbabwe Records 107 Deaths