The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the risk of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is high due to laxity in observing public health and social measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
WHO Zimbabwe infections and hazard management officer Nkosi Mpala said in several countries there was limited COVID-19 testing, investigation of new infection cases, and contact tracing.
Mpala made the remarks while speaking during a Harare provincial virtual workshop on the safe management of funerals. He said:
People are already talking about the fourth wave and we need to be prepared because complacency among the general public has already started creeping in.
Epidemiological trends on COVID-19 show that there are reduced testing capacities and contact tracing, with low vaccination coverage in several countries, which points that the risk of the new wave is very high.
WHO Zimbabwe spokesperson Priscilla Mangwiro urged traditional leaders to provide accurate information to their subjects on COVID-19, in order to avoid misinformation as they were regarded as reliable sources of information.
Meanwhile, on a positive note, on Monday, the country did not record any COVID-19 deaths for the first time since the country started battling the third wave of the pandemic in June and July.
On Tuesday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa extended the level two lockdown by a further two weeks and okayed the reopening of bars and pubs, following a recession in both new cases and deaths during the third wave of the pandemic.