Zim’s Covid-19 Recovery Rate Remains High

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Mirirai Nsingo

Zimbabwe’s covid-19 recovery rate for the past week remained above 94 percent, after a jump from 81 percent on October 12.

The southern African nation’s recovery rate is 20 percent above the global recovery rate, which currently stands at 74 percent.

World health organisation country representative, Dr Alex Gasasira said while the high recovery rate is good news for Zimbabwe, the country should remain vigilant to avoid a resurgence.

“In the absence of a cure or a vaccine, no nation can afford to relax as this could result in a massive resurgence like what we are already witnessing in other parts of America and Europe.

“The message should be, covid-19 regulations should continue, that is washing of hands, wearing masks and physical distancing,” Dr Gasasira said.

Current data shows that 19 out of 20 people who are testing positive for covid-19 are making a full recovery in the country.

To date, the country has recorded 8 147 cases, 7 678 recoveries and 231 deaths.

While Zimbabwe is recording a high recovery rate, countries across Europe are seeing a resurgence in covid-19 cases after successfully slowing outbreaks early in the year.

The vast majority of countries are declaring more cases each day now than they were doing during the first wave earlier this year.

Public health specialist, Itai Rusike said community literacy on covid-19 should continue so as to avoid such a resurgence.

“Awareness campaigns in communities should continue as we see huge information gaps in communities. Zimbabwe has a struggling health sector and cannot manage a huge outbreak hence preventive measures like continuing to abide by covid-19 regulations should continue,” Rusike argued.

Zimbabwe medical association president Dr Francis Chirowa added that covid-19 will remain in the communities for some time hence the need to remain vigilant.