Govt pushes for vaccination as Covid-19 cases increase

29 Jan, 2023 - 00:01 0 Views
Govt pushes for vaccination as  Covid-19 cases increase

The Sunday Mail

Sunday Mail Reporter

People have to continue to be vaccinated, while existing Covid-19 protocols need to be strictly enforced in view of the relative increase in infections this month, Government has said.

Seventeen people succumbed to the virus in January.

New infections also more than doubled from 809 cases recorded in December to the current 1 923.

Health authorities have since increased surveillance and enforcement of protocols to curb further spread of the virus.

Genomic sequencing by local scientists has not detected new variants in the country yet.

Chief coordinator for the National Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Office of the President and Cabinet Dr Agnes Mahomva said the country has enough vaccines for all those eligible for immunisation.

“We are observing an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases,” she said.

“As Government, our message hasn’t changed, we continue to urge people to get vaccinated as that is the only effective way to safeguard ourselves from this pandemic.”

She called for vigilance and adherence to the prevention regulations such as handwashing, wearing of face coverings and social distancing.

Government, she said, will tighten screening at all ports of entry.

“Genomic sequencing is ongoing at the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory, and to date, no new variants have been detected.

“Government continues to assess and monitor the situation on the ground daily, guided by both local and global data to provide timely and science-driven adjustments to the national response, where necessary,” she said.

Dr Mahomva said there was no immediate spike in new infections during the festive season because of public health and social measures put in place to protect the public.

“Government also strengthened its case management systems by ensuring health facilities have adequate oxygen supplies and the medicines required for supportive care of identified positive cases requiring treatment.

“This was mostly motivated by the fact that a lot of returning residents and some visitors were expected to travel back to Zimbabwe in large numbers, with some coming from countries experiencing an increase in the number of daily new cases,” she said.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020, Zimbabwe has recorded 262 129 cases, including 255 181 recoveries and 5 656 deaths.

The recovery rate stands at 97 percent, with 1 292 cases, currently.

The Covid-19 pandemic is now in its fourth year.

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