Professor Solwayo Ngwenya has warned Zimbabweans to remain vigilant and reduce human interaction to avoid the fourth wave of COVID-19.
Prof Ngwenya, who is Mpilo Central Hospital acting chief executive officer, said lightening the lockdown would be akin to lighting a fire. He said:
I’m afraid the fourth wave is going to be in the making very soon. I can see even yourself you are starting to talk about lightening the lockdown, so once it is lightened, you are going to light a fire.
I’m afraid that the message remains the same, the consistency of Solwayo Ngwenya of Bulawayo is that people must respect that the coronavirus is a terrible disease that has befallen humankind.
According to my predictions, this disease is not going to go away without taking many lives going forward.
It’s incumbent on people that instead of taking warnings as alarmist behaviour, sit down and think carefully, take heed of what we always say, the consistent warning that coronavirus is a serious disease.
… Fourth and fifth or whatever waves are going to be of our making and if we are not careful, we are going to brew up a big wave which is going to consume and kill many people.
He dismissed false claims that cases could start to fall as summer sets in saying the Delta variant doesn’t seem to be following a seasonal trend and attacks humans wherever it can find them.
Prof Ngwenya added that the coronavirus is still here for about three or four years to come, so relaxing the lockdown will result in rising infections and deaths due to the excitement that accompanies the relaxation of lockdowns.