By Patience Chipembere
Health expert Professor Solwayo Ngwenya has cautioned the public of a potential Covid-19 third wave hitting the country which is likely to be deadlier.
Posting on his twitter account Ngwenya said the third wave will be ‘unforgiving’.
“Coronavirus: back to the same pattern again! Bulawayo starts with a high positivity rate of 19.5%,” Ngwenya twitted Friday.
“Unfortunately, the third wave with the variants will be unforgiving, this time things will erupt suddenly, and catastrophically. Stay at home if you can, it could save your life.”
Coronavirus: no-one is safe from this continuously mutating virus. The critical message remains the same; protect yourself and others at all costs, change your behaviour to save lives. Do not think that humanity is anywhere near defeating this virus. Critical times lie ahead. he wrote
The message by Ngwenya comes days after the government eased national lockdown regulations allowing ordinary people mostly vendors to start trading.
“No one wants to die, all people fear coronavirus but there are some push factors which must be addressed,” Mwana WaMamoyo replied to Professor’s tweet.
“Once addressed, I don’t think you can see anyone on the streets—food, school fees etc pushes us to falsely show braveness against Covid-19.”
Professor Solwayo Ngwenya replied to his own tweet saying that people should prevent being infected by following Covid-19 regulations religiously.
Mpilo Hospital CEO Dr Solwayo Ngwenya: " … this new #Covid-19 variant is deadly; it can change its structure and render vaccines useless … it's us who are giving the virus time to multiply because we allow it to move from one place to another." @MoHCCZim, @InfoMinZW pic.twitter.com/zaM6CPie2a
— ZBC News Online (@ZBCNewsonline) January 3, 2021
Last month Zimbabwe received its first batch of Covid-19 vaccine, Sinopharm from China.
The country is expecting to receive second batch of vaccine next week, Covaxin from India, Sputnik-V vaccine from Russia and Sinopharm from China.
The country now has a cumulative total of 36,377 cases of Covid-19, 1492 deaths and 33,972 recoveries.
However of great concern is the lack of daily Covid-19 updates on the Ministry digital space, for example their Facebook page which is only showing stories of rolling out the vaccine programmes, following the receipt of a donation of 200,000 Sinopharm vaccines from China.
Vice-President and Minister of Health and Child Care Dr. Constantino Chiwenga, was the first to receive the jab, on Thursday 18 February 2021 at Harare’s Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital.