THE country recorded a total 206 deaths and 10, 592 new COVID-19 cases in the week ending July, 9 2021, bringing the national cumulative death toll to 2 084.
The number of deaths from COVID-19 have surpassed the total number of deaths that were recorded in Zimbabwe between the first and second wave of coronavirus that stalked the country between March 2020 and February 2021.
According to data from the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) daily Situation Reports gathered between Monday, July 5 and Friday July 9, majority of the deaths were recorded in Harare, Mashonaland West and the Midlands in the just ended week.
On Monday, Zimbabwe recorded 33 deaths, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 34, Thursday 56 and Friday 55. The number of cases also increased fourfold in the past week Monday 1540, Tuesday 1 949, Wednesday 2 264, Thursday 2 156 and Friday 2683 bringing the total number of cases recorded in the week to 10,592.
Commenting on the situation on the ground, Epidemiologist, Dr Grant Murewanhema said despite the growing number of cases and deaths, there were reports of people who had confirmed COVID-19 but were still moving around.
Second day of over 2000 cases and it’s the deaths that are depressing. As one can see, all provinces continue to report very high numbers of cases. In the meantime, lets continue to were masks, physically distance and wash hands. Too many reports of people with confirmed COVID-19 refusing to self-isolate, this is selfish and dangerous and irresponsible,” said Dr Grant.
He added that Self Isolation was for public protection and lasts 10 days if one is symptomatic and 3 days after disappearance of symptoms.
“Not abiding by self-isolation is a reason for one to be institutionalized if reported. Let’s all play our part in breaking the chains of transmission and protecting our communities.”
The number of hospitalized cases with severe COVID-19 symptoms and those under Intensive Care has also increased amidst indications that the number of hospitalized cases currently stand at 666. From the hospitalized cases, Severe cases were 77 while those under ICU were 33. However, 384 of the hospitalized cases showed mild to moderate symptoms.