(Last Updated on April 11, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – The recent surge in Covid-19 cases attributed largely to the just-ended Easter Holidays and re-opening of schools has raised fears of a potential third wave.
This comes after the country has started recording successive spikes in the number of positive cases, particularly in schools.
On Thursday, Sacred Girls High School in Esigodini recorded 55 positive cases with other cases also recorded in Girls College and Mzilikazi in Bulawayo.
Mpilo Hospital Acting Chief Executive Officer, Professor Solwayo Ngwenya warned against the immediate re-opening of schools.
“I was against schools opening because children can become vectors who can move the disease. Even with the kinds of hygiene, masking and physical distancing rules proposed by the schools, children will move the disease as they attend school, board kombis and buses that we see being full,” he said as quoted by CITE.
Recently he also warned people to not get complacent following the arrival of the vaccines.
“This virus is something else!! The euphoria that accompanied the arrival of the vaccines will soon fade away. We will be left with basic methods of wearing masks properly etc. Please let us wear our masks properly, sanitise, and social distance. And restrictive measures,” he warned.
Yesterday, the country recorded 126 new cases and 3 deaths related to Covid-19.
Zimbabwe recently rolled out its vaccination programme and is now in the second stage of the first phase with 193 936 people have received at least one dose of the available vaccines.
However, some experts have expressed concern over the pace at which the vaccines are being taken by the citizens.