Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga on Thursday called for full cooperation from all members of the public to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in light of the continued surge in positive cases across the country, state broadcaster ZBC reported.
On Wednesday, Zimbabwe recorded 766 new COVID-19 cases, its highest daily count since February, bringing the cumulative total to 43,480 since the onset of the pandemic last year.
“With the continued rise in COVID-19 cases, we want full cooperation from everyone. Now that the government has procured more vaccines, we want everyone to be vaccinated starting with those in border towns and hotspot areas,” Chiwenga said.
He said vaccination will soon become mandatory in busy public markets in Harare and Bulawayo as the government intensifies the vaccination campaign.
“No vaccination, no table. Protect your customers by getting vaccinated,” Chiwenga said.
Zimbabwe has seen a renewed surge in COVID-19 infections over the last few weeks, with 2,924 cases reported for the seven days up to Wednesday this week – prompting the government to defer the re-opening of schools by two weeks while it assesses the situation.
At least 52 people succumbed to the virus during the same period.
The government has blamed the latest increase in infections to complacency, accusing members of the public of failing to adhere to COVID-19 prevention protocols.