The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned Zimbabweans not to loosen their guard against the novel coronavirus as infections have spiked across the Southern African region.
WHO country representative Dr Alex Gasasira said as the festive season approaches, people should not throw caution to the wind but always keep in mind the invisible enemy in our midst. He said:
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We are at a time where we should be celebrating the festive season, but let us not forget the immediate challenge that is in our midst — Covid-19. Many countries in our region have been experiencing a resurgence in Covid-19 cases. Zimbabwe is one of them.
Zimbabwe has been seeing a steady rise in infection rates, with 97 new cases on Monday taking the total since the start of testing to 12 422, according to statistics released by the Government, with two more deaths taking the total to 322.
Medical experts have stressed that Zimbabwe can avoid more serious rises in new coronavirus infections if everyone follows the rules which include masking, social distancing, sanitising, obeying test and travel laws, avoiding large groups and washing hands with running water and soap.