COVID-19 outbreak second wave: Govt on high alert

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Government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said it is strengthening surveillance and health information management in order to ensure an efficient and effective system to counter a second wave.

As of 13 November 2020, Zimbabwe had recorded a total of 8 756COVID-19 cases, 8090 recoveries, and 257 deaths.

“The national recovery rate is 92 percent. Seven thousand two hundred and ninety-six (7 296) of the COVID-19-positive cases are local transmissions. New cases for week 45 stood at 294, compared to 109 recorded in week 44,” Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa told the media on Tuesday during post Cabinet press briefing.

“Cabinet notes, with concern, that there has been an increase in COVID-19 positive cases over the past two weeks. To guard against a second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, Government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care, is strengthening surveillance and health information management in order to ensure an efficient and effective system to counter such an eventuality,” she continued.

Government said awareness campaigns will focus on community engagement using community leaders with support from sub-national structures to foster community responsibility and enforce COVID-19 preventative and precautionary measures.

Regarding the laboratory testing for COVID-19, the total number of PCR tests done during the reporting week is 5 028, down from the 5 600 carried out during the previous week.

Psychosocial support training for healthcare workers is also ongoing, while the Ministry of Health and Child Care is reviewing and updating its Infection Prevention Control policies and guidelines, Cabinet noted.

On materials production and availability, Cabinet advised that Natpharm and private companies have adequate stocks of most medicines and drugs required for the prevention, treatment and supportive management of COVID-19.

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