WCOZ Situation Report
ZIMBABWE LOCKDOWN: DAY 498
9 August 2021
498 days of the COVID-19 Lockdown, and as of 8 th of August 2021, the Ministry of Health and Child Care
reported that, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases had increased to 116 327 after 437 new cases, all
local cases, were recorded. The highest case tally was recorded in Harare with 172 cases. The hotspots
updates are as follows; Mashonaland West Province – Hurungwe (9), Kariba (1), Makonde (4), Mashonaland
Central – Centenary (2), Mazowe (5). Mashonaland East – Marondera (8), Mutoko (8). Masvingo Province –
Chiredzi (4), Masvingo (20), Midland Province-Kwekwe (4).
We note that the Hospitalisation rate as at 15:00hrs on 7 August 2021 was 465 hospitalised cases: 51 New
Admissions, 57 Asymptomatic cases, 329 mild-to-moderate cases, 67 severe cases and 12 cases in Intensive
Care Units. (St Anne’s, Arundel, Wilkins, Q Mary, Kariba, St Michaels, Masvingo and Montague did not report
Active cases went down to 23 598. The total number of recoveries went up to 88 829 increasing by 1 413
recoveries. The recovery rate goes up marginally to 76% from 75%. A total of 12 797 people received their 1st
doses of vaccine. The cumulative number of the 1st dose vaccinated now stands at 1 864 204. A total of 20
357 recipients received their second dose bringing the cumulative number of 2nd dose recipients to 1 022 618.
The death toll went up to 3 900 after 74 new deaths were recorded.
We note the extension of lockdown level 4 by another 2 weeks. While commending this move as necessary for
infection control, we bring to the fore the adverse impacts of the lockdown on vulnerable households,
especially women-led households. We urge Government to meaningfully implement social protection
measures to relief households from the socio-economic and livelihoods shocks imposed by COVID-19.
Critical Emerging Issues
1. Support to vaccinated persons reporting difficulties with adverse effects
We note with concern the poor levels of support of vaccinated persons reporting reactions to the vaccines
that are difficult to understand and to cope with. We are concerned by the lack of support and as such,
substantively question the ability of the Government to track and monitor persons who have been vaccinated
going through adverse effects. We are even more concerned by growing community reports that indicate that
even when persons arrive at the second jab and report the side effects, the health care personnel do not
respond or engage the vaccine candidate on this matter, leaving patients out in the cold.
We are concerned at the reports of the side effects as some of them are very severe and have significant
negative health effects that are going unaddressed and unsupported.
1. Inconsistencies and Shortages of Vaccines
We continue to 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 have been recorded. We remind the government that the nation is still
not meeting the (50) fifty thousand vaccination per day target of the national vaccine program. We note the
vaccination programme is still under the vaccination blitz period and limited jabs are being administered on a
daily basis. We are concerned by growing community reports indicating inconsistencies of vaccine supplies.
Therefore, such inconsistencies are particularly undermining public efforts to secure vaccines as the number
of persons vaccinated daily is shifting, thereby completely eroding the booking systems at individual
vaccination centres. As such we continue to warn against ineffectiveness and inefficiencies in the vaccination