WCOZ Situation Report
ZIMBABWE LOCKDOWN: DAY 492 _______________________________________________________________________________________
3 August 2021
492 days of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and as of 2nd of August 2021, the Ministry of Health and Child Care reported that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases had increased to 110 855 after 1 309 new cases all local cases, were recorded. The highest case tally was recorded in Mashonaland East with 221 cases. The hotspots updates are as follows; Mashonaland West Province – Hurungwe (14), Kariba (4), Makonde (7), Mashonaland Central – Bindura (19), Shamva (12). Mashonaland East- Marondera (42), Goromonzi (36). Masvingo Province – Chiredzi (74), Mwenenzi (72). Bulawayo Province – Nkulumane (16), Emakhandeni (19) and Northern Suburbs (26), Kwekwe (12), Harare Province (153).
We note that the Hospitalisation rate as at 15:00hrs on the 1st of August 2021 was 727 hospitalised cases: 81 New Admissions, 192 Asymptomatic cases, 435 mild-to-moderate cases, 67 severe cases and 33 cases in Intensive Care Units.
Active cases went down to 27 800. The total number of recoveries went up to 79 420 increasing by 2 755 recoveries. The recovery rate goes up marginally to 72% from 70%. A total of 20 598 people received their 1st doses of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 1 674 710. A total of 19 651 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 798 880. The death toll went up to 3 635 after 52 new deaths were recorded.
Critical Emerging Issues
We amplify calls for a direct policy to expand the vaccination program by identifying and supporting volunteers across the country to support the vaccination drive. We continue to note real time gaps in the vaccination drive that have a direct impact on the numbers of persons being vaccinated on a daily basis.
We are concerned at the strain which all health care centres are presently experiencing as the hospitalisation rate remains very high. We note the need to both support health care sector and ramping up vaccination in terms of human resources and logistics.
We note with concern the administrative and operational response delays in turning policy positions into tangible operational and administrative actions in the fight against COVID-19. We are concerned at the delays as these continue to expose the inefficiencies and ineffectiveness of government.
We raise concern at the inconsistencies of vaccines and shortages of vaccines at various vaccination centres. We are greatly concerned at continued reports of shortages of vaccines on the ground whilst deliveries of vaccines at national level have been recently recorded.
We note with concern the slowing down of the vaccination programme at a time when the country is still in the vaccination blitz period and limited jabs are being administered. We are concerned by growing community reports indicating inconsistencies of vaccine supplies which may be undermining public efforts to secure vaccines. We note that the number of persons vaccinated daily is shifting on daily basis, thereby completely eroding the booking and tracking systems of individual vaccination centres. We therefore warn against such ineffectiveness and inefficiencies in the vaccination programme.