The Sunday Mail
Zimbabwe could be on the brink of a fourth wave, with the country recording over 1 000 new cases of Covid-19 infections on Thursday alone.
This follows the detection of the new Omicron variant in the country, which health experts say has multiple mutations and could spread faster than all previous variants.
The latest daily situation report from the Ministry of Health and Child Care indicates that 80 of the new 1043 cases were recorded at learning institutions across the country.
The discovery of the Omicron variant makes Zimbabwe the third country in Southern Africa to detect the variant after South Africa and Botswana.
Vice President, Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Health and Child Care Minister, confirmed the presence of Omicron variant on Thursday.
“We are now in a particularly dangerous period once again, where the fourth wave is slowly visiting us with the identification of the B.1.1.529 or the Omicron variant of Covid-19,” said Dr Chiwenga.
The cumulative number of cases recorded in Zimbabwe since March 2020 to date is now 136 379, with 128 829 recoveries and 4 707 deaths.