COVID-19 third wave panic hits Zim

Health experts yesterday warned of a dire situation ahead as the third wave of COVID-19, which has reportedly hit the country in the face of threats posed by the South African and new Indian variants at a time when there are reports of a shortage in COVID-19 vaccines.

Neighbouring South Africa moved to level two lockdown after experiencing a surge in COVID-19 infections in the past weeks, while reports of infections in Zimbabwe show that more people got infected in the past weeks.

For instance, in the past four days, infection rates at Bondolfi Teachers’ College in Masvingo spiked to 94, a situation which has raised alarm over the onset of the third wave.


Last month, the country confirmed the presence of the deadly Indian variant, after it was detected in Kwekwe, which has heightened fears of its spread.


Health expert and Mpilo Central Hospital acting chief executive officer Solwayo Ngwenya told NewsDay that the country was already experiencing the third wave of COVID-19.




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