ZIMBABWE’S Health and Child Care Ministry recorded 25 new COVID-19 cases, with two being returnees from India.
While fearful that these might have the dreaded Indian Variant with a daily death toll of over 4 000 people and 400 000 daily cases, Zimbabweans are being encouraged by public health experts not to panic. Zimbabwe also recorded three deaths.
“25 new cases (23 locals and 2 returnees from India) and three deaths reported in the last 24 hours. (7 day rolling average for new cases falls to 13 today from 16 yesterday.
“9 cases with one death reported by Midlands (2 are returnees from India and seven are contacts of these case),” the Ministry of Health and Child Care said in its daily COVID-19 briefing.
Regarding the vaccination drive, over half a million have received the first dose.
“Vaccination update: 10 078 received their first dose today bringing cumulative first dose to 559 875 while 11 577 received their second dose bringing cumulative for second dose 192 145 as at 4pm,” added the Health Ministry.
Meanwhile, as at 13 May 2021, Zimbabwe had 38 491 confirmed cases, including 36 286 recoveries and 1 582 deaths.
Epidemiologist Dr Grant Murewanhema said there is no need not panic.
“We just need to continue acting responsibly to break chains of transmission and avoid further outbreaks. As we get on with vaccination, human behaviour remains an indispensable tool for COVID-19 prevention.
“Lets avoid overcrowding, lets wear our masks, wash our hands and prevent unnecessary travels. Moreover, as the temperatures drop lets continue exercising, eating well and boosting our immune systems to fight off any flus and COVID-19.
“Isolation of the infected and quarantining of contacts remain critical.
“God bless Zimbabwe,” he posted on Facebook.