Chief Coordinator of COVID-19 Response in the Office of the President and Cabinet Agnes Mahomva says health experts have identified more than 50 cases of the dreaded Omicron variant in the country since last week.
Speaking to the media Tuesday, Mahomva said the country is analysing the data to find out if the cases are coming from one or from different parts of the country.
“The team is actually running samples from all provinces, sampling all provinces to see if this Omicron is really widespread in the whole country or it is just coming from one place.
“So, we are quite clearly going to inform you, update you when we get the results; it’s never a secret. But once again we are really proud of our scientists.
“What is left for you out there is to speak to preventive measures, specifically go get vaccinated.”
Mahomva’s comments also follow similar confirmation by health deputy minister John Mangwiro who said on Friday the country had identified 50 cases of the variant.
Most of the Omicron cases were detected at a teacher training college as well as the country’s under-17 football team that was due to participate at a regional tournament, Mangwiro told reporters.
“From the outbreak that we detected from Masvingo Teachers College and the Under 17 soccer team, we took 20 samples from the college and 22 samples from the soccer team, they all tested positive for the Omicron variant,” he said, adding that the other 8 cases were found in random samples.
Although not so much is known about the variant, it has been discovered it is much contagious than the previous variants.
Zimbabwe continues to record rising cases of Covid-19 although deaths remain low.