An official at the World Health Organisation (WHO) country team said that Zimbabwe is heading into the fifth wave of COVID-19 as the cold winter season sets in.
The WHO Health Systems Strengthening And Policies Adviser, Dr Stanley Midzi, revealed the prediction in Mutare recently.
He was presenting on Sustainable Development Goal Number three, which is Health and Wellbeing at a workshop hosted by the United Nations on developmental reporting. Said Dr Midzi:
Zimbabwe is now already heading into the fifth wave, which is not a surprise because, in Zimbabwe, our burden of COVID-19 is highly linked with the winter season, knowing that COVID-19 is some sort of flu and it is not surprising that we are seeing a gradual increase towards that.
Midzi said the COVID-19 epidemiological curve as of May 30 2022, indicated that since last week, there had been a gradual increase in cases.
On 30 May 2022, Zimbabwe reported 242 new COVID-19 cases while cumulative cases went up to 252 398. People with active coronavirus rose to 2 664.
On 31 May 2022, the country reported 305 new COVID-19 cases. The cumulative cases went up to 252 704 while active cases rose to 2 763.