The Government has warned members of the public against complacency but to observe World Health Organisation protocols to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The upcoming Easter and Independence Day holidays which are characterised by travelling and large gatherings, as well as the approaching cold season, have heightened fears of another spike in COVID-19 cases.
Presenting the post-Cabinet media briefing in Harare on Tuesday, Acting Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Jenfan Muswere, said:
Cabinet received an update on the country‘s response to the Covid-19 pandemic presented by the Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Honourable, Dr C.G.D.N. Chiwenga.
… The nation is being advised to remain vigilant as winter is fast approaching and the country readies for the Easter and Independence holidays.
Accordingly, all citizens are urged to continue adhering to the laid down World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols at all times.
Muswere said as of 11 April 2022, Zimbabwe’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stood at 247 010, with 240 496 recoveries and 5 460 deaths while the recovery rate was 97%, with 1 054 active cases being recorded. He added:
Regarding case management, infection prevention and control, the number of people in need of hospitalisation for COVID-19 decreased, with the country’s bed occupancy rate receding from 1.5% last week to 0.9% this week.
On the national vaccination programme, as of 11 April 2022, a total of 5 730 327 first doses have been administered, with 3 597 602 people having received their second dose and 539 837 their third dose of the vaccine. The national coverage of the first dose vaccination is now 51%.