COVID 19: Zimbabwe plans to vaccinate one million people in two weeks


Faced with rising infections and deaths, Zimbabwe says it plans to vaccinate one million people against COVID-19 in the next two weeks.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa disclosed this on Tuesday after extending the COVID lockdown measures by another 14 days.

“Latest genomic sequencing results received last week indicate that approximately 80% of the fresh cases in Zimbabwe are now due to the Delta variant,” Mnangagwa said.

Mnangagwa on June 29 imposed a lockdown to curb the spread of the virus in the country.

The southern African nation has to date recorded 70,426 infections, a quarter of them in the past two weeks and 2 236 deaths, official data showed. However, more than 900 000 Zimbabweans have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Zimbabwe received its single biggest shipment of 2 million Covid-19 doses last week that it hopes will boost its vaccine drive. It expects another 3.5 million shots by the end of July.



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