Zimbabwe battles Covid-19 third wave

By Abigirl Tembo Health Editor
ZIMBABWE continues to lose a large number of people daily to COVID-19, with over 200 people having succumbed to the virus last week alone as the country battles a 3rd wave.

With 248 deaths recorded from last week Sunday, it has been a tough week for Zimbabwe as the country battles with the highly transmissible Delta variant.

New weekly cases have now overtaken the weekly numbers recorded at the height of the second wave in January this year.

Last week alone, 12 379 new cases of covid-19 were recorded surpassing the cumulative June figure of 10 866 and 190 deaths signaling tough times ahead.

With 2 107 cases recorded in Mashonaland West, the province is leading in new cases followed by Harare with 1 736 cases and Mashonaland East with 1 658, Manicaland recorded 1 188 new cases, Mashonaland central had 1 090 while the Midlands province recorded 1 024 cases. Matabeleland North Province had the least number of new cases at 23.
Over 200 succumbed to the virus this week with Harare Province recording the highest fatalities at 83 followed by Mashonaland West at 56 and Midlands at 35, Bulawayo recorded 17 deaths, while Manicaland had 15 deaths and Masvingo five.
Zimbabwe is currently under level four lockdown where intercity traveling is prohibited and public gatherings have been banned to prevent the spread of the virus.
Areas with the highest numbers of new cases have been declared hotspots, and these include Chinhoyi, Chegutu, Centenary, Harare, Chiredzi and Kwekwe.
2 126 people have succumbed to COVID-19 out of a total number of 66 853 cases, while 44 580 have recovered, leaving the country with 20 147 active cases.