COVID-19 pandemic receding

By ZBC Reporter
WITH the number of COVID-19 cases declining in most countries including Zimbabwe, complacency has emerged as the biggest threat in the fight to contain the spread of the pandemic.
Some countries across Europe are recording a resurgence in COVID-19 cases after successfully slowing down the rate of infection early in the year.
As the cases continue to rise, governments are once again frantically strategising on ways of containing new emerging clusters of the virus, leaving many to wonder if there is a potential second wave of the pandemic.
The way the virus has spread in many countries across the world has not been different, starting with low figures, then an exponential increase before they start to drop.
According to statistical data compiled by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care, the country had 178 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 31 May, comprising 145 active cases while 29 people had recovered with four having succumbed to the virus.
In a short space of time from May 21 to May 31, the figures more than tripled from 56 confirmed cases to 178.
Four months down the line, new cases are starting to go down.
The country recorded 26 new cases and 2 deaths on the 11th of September, 129 new cases and no loss of life on the following day which was a Saturday, 18 new cases on Sunday the 13th and just 5 new cases this Monday.
The country has recorded a total of 7531 cases with 5690 recoveries and 222 deaths, with active cases having gone down to 1617.
In light of these encouraging statics, Chief Coordinator of the National Response to COVID-19 in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dr Agnes Mahomva has warned against complacency, saying we are not over the hill yet.
We must not get complacent, yes the figures are starting to slow down which is very encouraging but the worrying thing is the majority of our cases are now locally transmitted which means the virus is now within the communities, if we let our guard down we risk having a resurgence. Look at what is happening in some European countries now, in some countries they are now recording high numbers again maybe not as much as they were recording in April and May, but still very worrisome,” she said.
A COVID-19 epidemiological model developed by London’s Imperial College makes grave predictions about the pandemic’s final death toll, not just for Zimbabwe, but for the whole world.