New coronavirus cases in Zimbabwe continued to decline yesterday with the country recording 373 new cases, which is normal for a Sunday as few people are tested during weekends, but it was the positivity rate at 9% that was exciting.
Last Sunday, the positivity rate was 23.3% and it has been declining steadily throughout the week and the rolling average for new cases yesterday was 1059 down from 1 101 the previous day. Last Sunday the rolling average for new cases was 1 503.
A country is said to be in control of the coronavirus pandemic when the positivity rate is 5% and below.
Zimbabwe reached a positivity rate of below 1% before the outbreak of the Omicron variant.
Active cases yesterday dropped to 22 825 after 1 757 people recovered and 12 died.
Mashonaland West had the highest number of recoveries at 843 and is down to 5 505 cases. Mashonaland East also dropped to 4 488 cases but Harare went up to 1 041 while Bulawayo dropped to 705 and Masvingo to 771.
Just over 9 000 people were vaccinated yesterday with 2 986 getting the first jab, 4 698 the second and 1 482 the third, bringing to 13 352 people that have now received the booster shot.