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Talent Gore, H-Metro Reporter
Zimbabwe on Monday recorded zero Covid-19 deaths for the first time since June 13 2021.
The development comes after a dangerous third wave that saw almost 3000 people dying and buttresses the view that the wave is gradually declining.

Dr Agnes Mahomva

The accumulated deaths in the four months stretching from June 13 to October 4 account for 63 percent of Zimbabwe’s total deaths since the first case recorded in March 2020.

In total 2 910 people died in the four months whilst 1 717 died in the other 15 months stretching from March 2020 to June 2021.

The third wave deaths peaked on July 27 when 107 deaths were recorded.

According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the seven-day rolling average of new infections has also fallen to 183 from 227 the previous day.

July was the worst month for Zimbabwe in terms of deaths as it accounted for 1 743 deaths reported since March last year when the first case was detected.

Zimbabwe is one of the 15 African countries that have reached the global goal of fully vaccinating at least 10 percent of the population against Covid-19.

To date, a total of 3 117 895 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Chief Coordinator of Covid-19 Task Force in Zimbabwe, Dr Agnes Mahomva attributed the decline to government’s intervention control measures put in place to curb the scourge.

“The reason why we have been recording a decline in cases and death is very clear, the pandemic is being managed and controlled quite well in the country,” she said.

“The decline is mostly attributable to the infection and preventive control effort which has been instituted by the government in response to the third wave of the Covid-19 disease.

“Schools recently contributed to the increase in cases when they opened but they are now recording a decline in positive cases, so you find that this has significantly contributed to the decline in positive cases and deaths.”

Dr Mahomva, however, said despite recording a decline in deaths and Covid-19 positive cases citizens need to remain vigilant by observing World Health Organisation public health guidelines and protocols.

“On our part as citizens, there is a need to remain vigilant by observing the World Health Organisation public health guidelines and protocols, including maintaining social distance, sanitising and wearing masks,” she said.

She said vaccination remains the key to beating the pandemic and urged citizens to take up the free vaccines being offered across the country.

“As a country we can also attribute the decline in Covid-19 deaths to the availability of vaccines, most positive cases and deaths that are being recorded are those of people who have not yet been vaccinated,” Dr Mahomva said.

“It is a well known fact throughout the world that vaccines are helping people and if one is vaccinated that person has low chances of dying. So we continue to encourage people to be vaccinated.”

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