Socialite tests positive for Covid-19 

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SOCIALITE-cum-businessman Mike Chimombe has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been forced into self-isolation on the back of a marked decline in new coronavirus cases.


Zimbabwe has been registering a drop in new Covid-19 cases and deaths with renewed efforts to lower the numbers through embarking on a nationwide vaccination programme.


In a statement, Chimombe said it was a dark period in his life but was upbeat that he will emerge stronger.


“After testing positive this past week, I immediately went into self-isolation to safe guard myself and those around me. I was stunned when my results returned negative because I had not been showing any signs or symptoms of the virus,” said the Zanu PF national youth league indigenisation and empowerment secretary and music promoter.


“But I just told myself that it’s now a part of us and like any other disease it can be beaten.”
As at 19 February 2021, Zimbabwe had 35 710 confirmed cases, including 31 972 recoveries and 1 430 deaths.


Zimbabwe officially launched its Covid-19 vaccination program on Thursday with 39 people including Vice
President Constantino Chiwenga, 14 doctors, eight journalists, 15 other frontline workers and a member of the general public taking the jab.


The bulk of the 200,000 Sinopharm vaccines donated by China have since been dispatched to all the country’s provinces where vaccination will begin on Monday February 22 2021.
Chiwenga became the first person in Zimbabwe to be vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine at Wilkins Infectious
Diseases Hospital in Harare.


The move was aimed at instilled public confidence on the vaccine with Government assuring that that more
vaccines will be procured.



“My presence here today, with some Ministry of Health Officials is to exhibit the Government’s confidence in the Sinopharm Vaccine. I have received my COVID-19 vaccine jab, together with my staff therefore, I urge all
Zimbabweans wishing to be vaccinated to visit their nearest Health Care Centres.  More Covid-19 Vaccines are expected in the country till the required quantities are achieved in the shortest possible time,” said Chiwenga.



Chiwenga revealed that tests were carried out by Ministry of Health officials to determine the efficacy rate of the Sinopharm vaccine “which was confirmed to be 79 percent.”
“The marked decline in new cases of the Coronavirus, is vividly heralding the end of the Second Wave of the pandemic. Despite the slump the Government of Zimbabwe adopted a second line of defence to augment preventive measures to combat Covid-19. The second layer of defence, is the Procurement and Rollout of Covid-19 Vaccines,” said Chiwenga.

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