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Day 490 5

WCOZ Situation Report

6 August 2021

495 days of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and as of 5 th of August 2021, the Ministry of Health and Child Care
reported that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases had increased to 114 489 after 963 new cases
were recorded. All were local cases. The highest case tally was recorded in Mashonaland East with 188
cases. The hotspots updates are as follows; Mashonaland West Province – Hurungwe (13), Kariba (4),
Makonde (16), Mashonaland Central – Bindura (14), Mazowe (13). Mashonaland East – Marondera (7),
Murehwa (19). Masvingo Province – Chiredzi (16), Masvingo (25), Midland Province-Kwekwe (9), Harare
Province (199).

We note that the Hospitalisation rate as at 15:00hrs on the 4 of August 2021 was 501 hospitalised cases:
55 New Admissions, 101 Asymptomatic cases, 339 mild-to-moderate cases, 49 severe cases and 12 cases in
Intensive Care Units. (In Harare Province St Anne’s, Wilkins, Arundel and Health Point hospitals and
Midlands Province did not report)
Active cases went down to 25 846. The total number of recoveries went up to 84 889 increasing by 1 895
recoveries. The recovery rate goes up marginally from 73% to 74%. A total of 39 943 people received their
1st doses of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 1 780 541. A total of
56 887 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 920
554. The death toll went up to 3 754 after 43 new deaths were recorded.
We note the steady uptake in vaccinations and continue to call for measures to improve the vaccination
experience and the management of the vaccination centres to ensure the centres do not become super

Critical Emerging Issues
1. COVID-19 home-based care crisis and the Establishment of a Virtual Hospital
We persist in highlighting the implications of Government stretched capacities and fragilities of the health
sector by raising the consequences and the reality that COVID-19 third wave once more will be carried by
the burdens of communities and women in households directly. We continue to call out this crisis of care
which is unrecognised, unresolved and unfunded. We continue to highlight the appalling limitations of the
Zimbabwe’s health sector which have been laid excruciatingly bare, by the COVID-19 pandemic. We note
that the treatment and management of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe has largely been outsourced to individuals
and in particular to women in communities, who have borne the burden of supporting the treatment and
management of COVID at home.
We therefore continue to place a spotlight on the announcement by Government of the Establishment of
the Virtual Hospital on the 28 of April 2021 in which Cabinet directly laid out its intent as follows;
“In a development set to revolutionise COVID-19 management, Cabinet adopted a proposal to set up a Virtual
Hospital for the Management of COVID-19 patients. This comes from the realisation that most COVID-19 patients
recover without symptoms or after experiencing mild ones, which do not require hospitalisation. Government will establish a provisional figure of Ten Thousand (10 000) to twenty thousand (20 000) home-based beds. A network of
health staff will carry out protocol-based monitoring and management of the cases. The equipment support for this
programme is as follows:
1. Rechargeable oxygen concentrators
2. Finger pulse or saturation monitors
3. Non-contact thermometers
4. Blood glucose testing machines
5. Blood pressure machines
The equipment will be deployed to the admitted patients and returned when the patient gets discharged. The
establishment of the Virtual Hospital will therefore alleviate the pressure on hospitals. The public will be kept abreast
of developments in this regard.”

  • Accordingly, we reiterate our calls upon Government to uphold its commitment to the nation,
    communities and women at large, who are at the centre of the COVID-19 crisis, to reveal the
    practical measures taken to deliver upon the virtual hospital and the timelines and expectations of
    when the service commitment by Government will be delivered.
  • We call for a progress report on the above programs and processes to ensure that the experiences
    of the communities are in tandem with the initiatives led by Government.
  • We urge Parliament of Zimbabwe to remain vigilant in the oversight of the COVID-19 response of
    the Country
  • We continue to call for a Commission of Enquiry in the Management of the COVID-19 pandemic in

Outstanding issues
1. Production of PCR Kits in Zimbabwe
We commend the support to the National University of Science and technology (NUST) to procure
equipment to enable the University to begin to manufacture PCR testing kits and reagents for COVID-19,
as well as other tests including HIV. We commend the Applied Genetics Testing Centre of NUST for the
initiative which reportedly will contribute significantly to the reduction of tests kits costs in the country. It
has been reported that anticipated costs are expected to drop by USD$40 as they will be on the market at
about USD$20 versus a current market value of USD$60.

  • Whilst we commend the initiative, we note that this matter has been on the COVID-19 response
    program for Zimbabwe for a while and as such we continue to call for prioritisation and expedition
    of government processes to ensure the highest levels of efficacy and efficiency in governance
  • We continue to call for direct efforts to reduce the lag time between policy announcements and
    implementation of the same.

This SITREP is developed by and through the collective network of organisational and individual members of the Women’s Coalition of

Zimbabwe who are engaged at community levels to national levels in the COVID19 response in Zimbabwe

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