The Ministry of Health and Child Care has urged the public to continue following guidelines on the prevention of COVID-19 following an increase in new cases in the past few days.
Health and Child Care deputy minister Dr John Mangwiro said Zimbabweans should take more precautions.
Cases have risen in the past week from as low as four confirmed cases on August 29 to as high as 33 cases on Tuesday with three deaths recorded on the same day.
“People must continue to take COVID-19 seriously because it is still with us. There should be no room for complacency and people must continue following set measures,” Mangwiro said.
Zimbabwe has recorded 5 599 COVID-19 deaths and 257 000 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2019.
Hamadziripi Dube, a medical practitioner urged people to get vaccinated to ensure that the country achieves herd immunity.
“Almost everyone is going around without wearing a mask. We still need to push for people to be vaccinated so as to achieve herd immunity for our country. We still need to reach our herd immunity so as to ensure safety. The media should continue giving awareness on the issue and ensuring increased vaccination through their work,” said Dube.
Statistics show that 4,73 million Zimbabweans have been fully vaccinated, against a government target to vaccinate 10 million citizens.
The government lifted the mandatory wearing of face masks on August 16, but only for the fully vaccinated following a decline in recorded cases and fatalities.