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Over 700 health workers in Zimbabwe infected by Covid-19 – ZADHR

By Almot Maqolo

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At least 700 health professionals in Zimbabwe have been infected by coronavirus so far, the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) said on Thursday.

Zimbabwe announced its first Covid-19 case in March this year.

As the world is facing an unprecedented crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which impacted on people’s rights due to the introduction of restrictive measures aimed at controlling the spread of the virus, Zimbabwe has not been spared either. 

“Further, access to healthcare was impacted as individuals with chronic illnesses and pregnant women were unable to access treatment,” ZADHR said in a statement.

“Frontline personnel such as healthcare professionals operated with minimum or no access to personal protective equipment, leaving them exposed to Covid-19. To date, over 700 health professionals have been infected by the deadly virus.” 

Cases of local transmission of coronavirus have continued to surge in Zimbabwe, with 95 new ones recorded on Wednesday, health authorities said. The number of people who have recovered from the virus increased by 85 to 9147, leaving 1556 active cases. A total of 304 people have succumbed to the virus so far.

Cumulatively, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said the country had now recorded 11007 cases.
Meanwhile, ZADHR joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Human Rights Day (IHRD) under the theme “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights”. 

“The advent of the lockdown in Zimbabwe saw citizens being subjected to human rights violations by State security agents deployed to enforce lockdown regulations,” it said.

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