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COVID-19 Herd Immunity, Zim Still Far Off The Mark

A health worker screens and sanitises visitors to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outside a hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe
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By Zvikomborero Machirori

 

 

Having set itself a target to achieve herd immunity by vaccinating 60 percent of the population, translating to 10 million people by December 2021, the Government of Zimbabwe is still far off the mark with 4 months out of schedule.

 

 

 

Figures from the Ministry of Health and Childcare indicate that only 3 597 602 people had fully vaccinated while 5 730 327 people had received their first dose as of April 11 2022.

 

 

 

Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Constantino Chiwenga revealed these figures while giving an update on the country’s response to Covid-19 in cabinet.

 

 

 

Zimbabwe has recorded a cumulative death figure of 5 460 since the first recorded coronavirus case in March of 2020.

 

 

 

Dr Chiwenga also said that the country had recorded a sharp decrease in the number of people in need of hospitalization due to COVID-19, with figures moving from 1.5 percent down to 0.9 percent this week alone.

 

 

 

The country’s Health authority is advising citizens to remain vigilant as winter is fast approaching and to continue adhering to laid down World Health Organization protocols at all times.

 

 

This comes as the country readies for Easter and Independence Day holidays.

 

Robert Tapfumaneyi