By Abigirl Tembo
THE pace of daily new infections of COVID-19 has nearly doubled in the past week worldwide, surpassing two million known cases a day, with Zimbabwe recording over six thousand new cases.
The advent of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has witnessed a sharp increase in virus cases worldwide.
In the first nine days of 2022, Zimbabwe has recorded 8 000 new cases and 143 deaths.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) over ten million cases have been recorded worldwide, amid calls for the scaling up of the vaccination drive to prevent fatalities and the overwhelming of the health system.
“With omicron what we are learning is that your risk of getting the severe disease from omicron is less than it is for delta but the sheer volume of cases that we are seeing around the world is really astonishing and even with a lower risk of hospitalisation we are still seeing a large number of people who need clinical care who are hospitalised and that will overburden the system,” said Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, World Health Organisation technical leader.
“What’s really important right now is that people need to get vaccinated. Vaccinations are incredibly protective against severe disease and death including against omicron as well as delta where both of those variants are circulating.”
Since 2020 Zimbabwe has recorded two hundred and twenty-two thousand 291 COVID-19 cases and 5 thousand 160 deaths.
With regards to vaccination four million 167 thousand 808 people have received the first dose, five million 698 received the second dose with figures for the 3rd dose now at 13 thousand 352.