Contrary to what some prophets of doom were saying about the peaking of COVID-19 cases in Zimbabwe with devastating effects, the country has done well in containing the spreading of the pandemic thanks to strict lockdown measures which started on 30 March 2020.
In a post Cabinet brief to members of the media, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa disclosed that a modelling exercise by the COVID-19 Experts Advisory Committee showed that the epidemic has not peaked as was initially expected.
“Cabinet was informed that the Experts Advisory Committee conducted a modelling exercise on current local and international COVID-19 data and noted that the Zimbabwe epidemic has not peaked as previously predicted due to the control measures that have been put in place,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
The Committee pointed out that there was a notable decrease in the number of new cases. However, members of the public have been urged to continue exercising caution as the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us until medication is found.
“The Committee also concluded that the decreasing number of new infections is an indication of an epidemic coming under control. Cabinet, however, emphasizes that the public should continue being vigilant in adhering to COVID-19 containment measures as the effects of COVID-19 will continue to be felt until a vaccine is found,” said the Minister of Information.
Meanwhile, necessary precautions and steps are being taken ahead of the resumption of phased school classes through provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) and hygiene kits.
“Cabinet notes that all the necessary measures are being taken to ensure that schools are reopened for examination classes in a safe environment. Progress has been made on the comprehensive logistical plan for the coordinated, accelerated completion of the schools’ WASH project; the supply and distribution of PPE, hygiene kits, disinfectants, and infrared thermometers to all public schools,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.