Virus infections sinking Zimbabwe onto its knees

Doctors say they are worried about Zimbabwe’s low testing capacity.

Source: Virus infections sinking Zimbabwe onto its knees – The East African

Medical personnel check temperatures of patients visiting Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on April 25, 2020. PHOTO | ZINYANGE AUNTONY | AFP


  • Some well-to-do Zimbabweans now resort to social media to scout for health facilities with available beds and oxygen to handle Covid-19 patients where they offer to pay any amount of money.

Zimbabwe’s health system is struggling to cope with a surge in Covid-19 cases with hospitals running out of beds for patients that need hospitalisation.

The southern African country has seen Covid-19 cases doubling to 17,194 in two months as of January 5.

On January 5, Zimbabwe registered the highest number of daily cases since the outbreak began in March last year at 1,365 new infections.

The 34 deaths were also by far the highest daily tally the country has recorded since the first death was reported in March 2020.

This week’s grim statistics have alarmed health experts and activists, who say Zimbabwe’s weak health system can no longer cope.

On Tuesday, Zimbabwe began a 30-day stricter lockdown, which President Emmerson Mnangagwa described as “the final push to defeat this virus for good.”


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    Ndebele 1 year ago

    It is Zanu – not Covid that has Zimbabwe on its knees.

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    Shiva 1 year ago

    Wonder what is Covid respiratory infection doing to Kenya?