Health Experts Speak On Indian Variant

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Mirirai Nsingo

Zimbabwe, on Wednesday, confirmed detecting cases of a new Coronavirus variant that emerged in India and was responsible for a surge of infections and deaths in the Asian country.

The first case of the variant was detected on Tuesday in Kwekwe, a city in the country’s Midlands province. Zimbabwe is enforcing mandatory quarantine for all travellers from India.

Public health experts who spoke to ZTN said Zimbabweans should observe the available Covid-19 protocols to avoid a rise in infections, in the wake of this new variant.

Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director Itai Rusike said: “The people of Zimbabwe should remain vigilant; it is also equally important that the authorities enforce the regulations.”

Zimbabwe Medical Association President Dr Francis Chirowa said: “As soon as you identify someone who is infected they need to be isolated.”

Meanwhile, World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative Dr Alex Gasasira has allayed fears that available vaccines may not be effective against the Indian variant.

“Most of the vaccines that are being used now are really effective against all the circulating strains. They prevent hospitalization and death, ” he said.