AUTHORITIES in Masvingo are urging people to be cautious, as the province is beginning to record a sharp increase in new Covid-19 cases.
Health officials announced that on Monday the province recorded 11 new cases, before recording 18 on Tuesday and 24 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of active cases to 157. Masvingo has the second-highest number of active cases of all provinces in the country, after Manicaland which has 210 cases.
Masvingo provincial Covid-19 taskforce spokesperson Rodgers Irimayi told The NewsHawks that the province is still in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic since cases are still high, compared to other provinces. He urged people to continue using the guidelines set by the government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
“People need to be reminded that Covid-19 is still with us in our province. The fact that on Wednesday 24 tested positive and we still have 157 active cases in Masvingo is an indication that things are not yet normal. We still need to be very cautious and remain vigilant because if we relax we might see an increase in the number of those who test positive and possibly more deaths. Masks should be worn all the time and social or physical distancing maintained. We expect more people to be vaccinated since it is the best known preventive measure to reduce the effects of Covid-19,” Irimayi said.
The vaccination programme which was rolled out by the government earlier this year is ongoing at various health centres in the province, with a lot of people now willing to be vaccinated. On Wednesday, 313 362 people had received the first vaccine jab, while 237 086 had received the second.