Heartening news on Covid-19 front 

Nokuthaba Nkomo

ALMOST half of the people who have contracted the feared coronavirus in Zimbabwe have fully recovered, the Daily News reports.

This comes as the number of infections in the country is rising, amid a global shortage of reagents for test kits — a development which has seen fewer people than planned being tested for the lethal virus.
In an update, the government reported at the weekend that seven more people had fully recovered from coronavirus, bringing the total number of such patients to 25 — from the 56 positive cases of the disease that have so far been recorded in the country.
Of the latest recoveries, five of these people are from Bulawayo and two from Harare.
This has prompted the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR), Fortune Nyamande, to commend the government for the rising recoveries and the few deaths that have been recorded in the country thus far.
“It is a positive development that we are having more recoveries and relatively few deaths from Covid-19 in Zimbabwe, compared to other worst affected countries.
“However, the underlying factors to these statistics are not yet fully understood as more research and evidence is needed.
“The number of deaths is positively correlated to the severity of the cases and in our situation, we have mostly mild cases and hence fewer deaths,” Nyamande told the Daily News.
“Most severe cases which required hospitalisation and intensive care did not have encouraging outcomes and we need to rectify that,” Nyamande added.
Zimbabwe has so far recorded four deaths from the 56 cases of people who have tested positive for Covid-19.
The country is currently under a stay-at-home-order which has been extended indefinitely by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, in a bid by authorities to maintain low infections in the country.
Last week, Health and Child Care minister Obadiah Moyo requested for more deployments of security forces to tighten the national lockdown, as part of measures to avert a second wave of coronavirus in the country.
“While we have been able to control local transmission, we are worried about the number of people who are getting into towns because there is a possibility of a second wave of transmissions.
“And as such, we have engaged the security forces to step in to enforce the lockdown, so that people stay at home and only essential service workers are allowed into towns.
“We are also concerned that some returning citizens are bringing the disease, and we have thus upped security surveillance not only in towns, but also along our borders because there is a danger of infected people getting into the country undetected,” Moyo told the Daily News.
This comes as the government has been criticised for failing to embark on an expanded programme of testing of people for the virus, to ascertain the prevalence of the lethal disease among local communities.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), the coronavirus comes from a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.
Its symptoms include pneumonia, high fever, flu, shortness of breath and diarrhoea — and the precautions that have to be taken include covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing, and continuously washing one’s hands.

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