Covid-19: Zimbabwe`s recovery rate remains strong

by | May 19, 2021 | COVID 19, Local News | 0 comments

Alex Samanyanga

Zimbabwe`s recovery rate has remained high, despite the marginal increase in the number of Covid-19 related deaths in the past few weeks.
This past week, the country recorded six more Covid-19 related deaths bringing the cumulative figure to 1582.

Speaking at this week`s post-cabinet briefing Minister of Information, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting services Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa said although the majority of cases are local transmissions, most infections have not been fatal.

“As of 16 May 2021, Zimbabwe’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stood at 38 560, with 36 329 recoveries and 1 582 deaths. The recovery rate stands at 94.2 percent, with 95.5 percent of COVID-19 positive cases being attributable to local transmission. The number of active cases stands at 649,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 success is anchored on the country’s strict management of lockdown measures, closure of land borders for human traffic and also massive rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.
Minister Mutsvangwa also noted that country’s citizens returning home will now be quarantined at their own expense.

“To ensure enforcement of Statutory Instrument No. 108 of 2021 about the country’s ports of entry and exit, Cabinet wishes to advise that citizens returning to Zimbabwe will now be quarantined at their own expense. Furthermore, those travellers found to be positive for COVID-19 will be isolated at an isolation centre at their own expense,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

So far, Zimbabwe has vaccinated more than 591 000 people with the first dose and 222 000 have received the second dose.

The country aims to vaccinate over 60 percent of the population to achieve herd immunity.