Deadly January ends with 854 coronavirus deaths in Zimbabwe


January, the first month of 2021, ended today with 854 coronavirus deaths in Zimbabwe, more than double the 363 recorded between March and December last year.

Twenty-four people died today bringing the cumulative figure to 1 217.

There were only 115 new cases today but 683 people recovered once again reducing the number of active cases to 6 127.

There were 19 521 cases this month alone compared to 13 867 for the whole of last year.

To date 33 388 people have contracted the virus but 26 044 have recovered.

The recovery rate has also improved from a low of 54% to 78% today.

Harare continues to have the highest number of cases and deaths but active cases have declined to 2 158. Manicaland also continues to improve and is now down to 746 cases while Mashonaland West has 713 and Bulawayo 438.

Zimbabwe extended its Level 4 lockdown to 15 February arguing that though the number of cases was declining the country had not won the war yet.

Globally, the picture looks gloomy. There are now 103.4 million cases with 2.23 million deaths and 75 million recoveries. The number of active cases, however, remains worrying as it is going up and is now at 26.2 million cases.

Below is an interesting piece by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization which was published by the Guardian yesterday. He says if nations make vaccine delivery equitable, step up testing and study variant genomes, the pandemic could be under control by January next year.

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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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