BULAWAYO – Zimbabwe on Wednesday surpassed its Covid-19 daily mortality record set just over a week ago after registering 38 deaths and 1,017 new infections.
The toppled daily tally of 34 fatalities was recorded on January, 05, together with the yet-to-be-breached 1,365 threshold of infections.
Wednesday’s grim statistics accelerated the country’s coronavirus caseload to 24,256 and increased the death toll to 589, with health experts warning starkly that the respiratory illness is spiraling out of control.
The capital, Harare, suffered the worst losses; 20 deaths, followed by Manicaland province with 8. Bulawayo reported 5 deaths.
“The message is: sit down, don’t meet anyone unnecessarily. The virus is about to deal a devastating blow,” tweeted Professor Solwayo Ngwenya, the Mpilo Central Hospital CEO.
“Daily new cases breach 1000, deaths now more (than) one person per hour officially. Recovery rates plummeting to 56.3%, positivity rate 29%, 10,000 active cases.”
Government spokesperson Nick Ndabaningi Mangwana also raised alarm and urged public compliance with set Covid-19 preventive measures.
“Thirty-eight deaths recorded in a single day. I believe this is our biggest toll since our very first case. We need to modify our behaviors, beloveds. If you don’t need to be out there, then please don’t,” he implored in a tweet.
Zimbabwe is currently on a 30-day hard national lockdown as it tries to mitigate the pandemic, which has killed 1,9 million people around the world and infected 92 million others.
But an association of doctors warned Wednesday the restrictions were not adequate. It called on government to limit interprovincial travel and ramp up testing targeting hotspots.
“The current lockdown measures… though welcome, may not provide the much-needed impact in breaking the Covid-19 chain of transmission and help in flattening the Covid-19 curve,” warned the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights.
“Furthermore, the government must identify provincial hotspots and have tailored measures or different levels of the lockdown depending on the incidence of Covid-19.”