Sex ban for Covid-19 vaccinated Russians


Russians have been told to abstain from sex for at least three days after getting vaccinated against Covid.

Dr Denis Graifer, deputy health minister for the Saratov region, said Russian should abstain from ‘increased physical stress’ after being jabbed – including sex.

It comes after Russian were also told to avoid vodka, smoking and visits to the sauna immediately after getting their inoculations.

Russia has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the world, with just 13 per cent of the country fully immunized compared to a European average of 30 per cent.

‘I believe, and everyone knows this, too, that sex is a very energy-consuming activity,’ Dr Graifer told a press conference.

‘So we warn people who have been vaccinated that increased physical activity, including having sex, is not recommended after vaccination.’

Graifer, 38, is a married father of two, and has been vaccinated.

Russia is using its home-grown Sputnik V vaccine for its roll-out, a two-dose adenovirus jab similar to AstraZeneca’s shot.

While the vaccine has yet to gain approval from international health bodies such as the WHO and European Medicines Agency, data gathered from 47 countries where it is in use suggests it is highly effective at stopping severe cases of the virus.

However, take-up in Russia has been low, thanks in part to mistrust of the government and mis-management of the programme.

Graifer – a qualified doctor as well as a politician – was criticised on the Russian state media by a senior medical official who dismissed him as a ‘young colleague’ who had gone over the top with his sex ban.

‘You can do it, just do it with caution,’ said his boss Oleg Kostin referring to sex after vaccines. Russians should ‘have common sense and not overdo it,’ he urged.

Russia is currently in the midst of a third wave of Covid that is thought to be driven by spread of the Delta or Indian variant, which is more transmissible than earlier forms of the virus.

On Friday, the country announced more than 25,000 cases of the disease – the highest total yet in the third wave and approaching the all-time highs of 28,000 cases which occurred over the winter.

Russia also reported more than 700 deaths from the virus, the highest total yet and a strong indication that cases are being under-counted.

This comes as Moscow has been criticised in The Economist for its Covid-19 response.

‘Hundreds of thousands are dead, partly thanks to the Kremlin’s incompetence,’ said the newspaper.

‘Russia is in the midst of its third and most severe wave of Covid-19, with more people dying daily than at any point during the pandemic.

‘The number of new daily cases is currently around 25,000, somewhat fewer than in Britain, and rising.

‘But whereas in Britain this surge has translated into an average of 18 daily deaths over the past week, in Russia it has resulted in an average of 670 deaths a day.

‘The contrast is all the more striking because Russia was the first country in the world to approve a working vaccine, one based on the same science as the British-Swedish AstraZeneca one and apparently just as effective.

‘But whereas in Britain 78% of the population has received at least one jab, in Russia the proportion is only 20%.

‘The difference is not the availability or the efficacy of the jab, but people’s trust in the government and its vaccines.’

Putin’s government had ‘other priorities’ like jailing his political foe Alexei Navalny and banning street protests, claimed the report.

The official Covid-19 death toll is 141,501 although critics say the true figure is higher.

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Govt turns to colleges, bus termini in fresh vaccination drive

By Nkosana Dlamini

Government is now turning to colleges and bus termini as vaccination centres as it ramps up its vaccination drive with eyes set on breaching the 10 million head immunity threshold by end of the year.

This was said Thursday by Health and Child Care deputy minister John Mangwiro as he joined other top government officials to receive 2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines procured from China.

Said the minister, “The 500 000 (doses) that arrived last week have been consumed so fast that the arrival of these 2 million doses will see the consumption and the rate of vaccination going into top gear.

“We are also recognising that colleges and universities will also be points of vaccination. So, universities, colleges, teachers’ colleges and other places, like we said, GMB, Cottco, tobacco auction floors, misika yese, Renkini and everywhere where people are crowded, be it prisons and everywhere, we are going to be there.”

The country is in the throes of its worst Covid-19 nightmare since outbreak last year, with skyrocketing infections and deaths being recorded everyday.

Government hopes an accelerated vaccination drive could spare the country of the scourge and reopen Zimbabwe’s troubled economy.

Speaking at the same occasion, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said government will press harder of the gas pedal in its inoculation drive with at least 10 million citizens expected to have received their two doses by end of year.

“We are determined to reach that head immunity target of 60 percent of our population being vaccinated as speedily as possible.

“So, we are really going to go out on this blitz programme between now and the end of the year,” he said.

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Covid-19: Govt panics, urges ‘force’ among traditional leaders

By Zimstar News reporter

With signs of panic written all over, government has urged traditional leaders to be more aggressive in enforcing the country’s Covid-19 prevention measures amid a fierce surge in the pandemic in recent weeks.

Government recently decreed a set of rules to be observed in the wake of the third wave which has propelled the country’s confirmed cases to 54 474, coupled with 1 878 associated deaths since outbreak March last year.

Among these is the ban on all gatherings except for funerals which should not however exceed 30 mourners.

At a post-cabinet media briefing Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said government has activated stricter measures to try and contain the rampaging disease.

“Funerals have become major spreaders within the Provinces, the Environmental Health Workers and Police are upping their game in the enforcement of the mandatory numbers.

“While Village Health Workers are playing their part in educating villagers, we implore traditional leaders to be more visible and forceful in the enforcement of lockdown regulations,” said minister Mutsvangwa.

Rural areas have been some of the areas in which citizens have been reluctant to observe the regulations.

However, the dreaded disease has engulfed the entire countries with some of the remote areas turning Covid-19 hotspots.

The roping in of traditional leaders in Covid-19 enforcement measures could be a first in the country’s efforts to tame the highly infectious disease.

Traditional leaders have mostly featured in the country’s political discourse with the opposition often accusing them of being used by the ruling Zanu PF to intimidate their subjects into supporting the ruling party.

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Zimbabwe High Court Judge Dies From Covid-19

By Staff Reporter

HARARE High Court judge Clement Phiri has died from Covid-19.

According to state media, Justice Phiri died Sunday night at his Marondera home after he and his family had tested positive for the dreaded pandemic.

However, family members are said to have all recovered.

Last year, the top court official had part of his foot amputated.

He recovered and was now preparing to get a shoe for the remaining part.

Justice Phiri was appointed to his post September 2015 after working as a senior lawyer in private practice.

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Zim Covid-19 cases surge to 314 as 27 SA returnees test positive

By Health Reporter

ZIMBABWE’S confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday surged to 314 after 27 returning residents from South Africa tested positive for the dreaded disease.

This was confirmed by the Health Ministry in its regular update on the Covid-19 situation in the country.

“Twenty-seven cases tested positive for Covid-19 today. These are all returnees from South Africa and are all isolated,” said the ministry.

“Today 515 RDT screening tests and 352 PCR diagnostic tests were done. The cumulative number of tests done to date is 54 535 (32 282 and 22 253 PCR).

“To date the total number of confirmed cases is 314; recovered 46, active cases 264 and four deaths since the onset of the outbreak on 20 March 2020.”

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Man tests positive for Covid-19, flees quarantine facility

By Health Reporter

A man who tested positive to COVID-19 has reportedly escaped from Chipadze Isolation Centre in Bindura.

Tichaona Mutema is from Madondo Village in Mt Darwin.

Mashonaland Central provincial development coordinator Cosmas Chiringa confirmed the 33-year-old escaped between 2am and 6am.

The isolation centre is manned by police between 2pm and 10pm only.

Over 100 returning Zimbabweans are reported to have fled from quarantine centres throughout the country amid poor conditions at the government run facilities.

Zimbabwe now has 282 confirmed cases of the world pandemic with four deaths recorded since an outbreak was declared March this year.

Most of the cases have been linked to returning Zimbabweans from South Africa and Botswana.

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Zim Covid-19 cases jump to 132, up from 56 on Monday

By Health Reporter

ZIMBABWE’S confirmed Covid-19 cases have sky-rocketed to 132, just 24 hours after they had been reported to be 56.

This was revealed Wednesday by Information Permanent Secretary Nick Mangwana.

Most of the cases were recorded in Beitbridge, Masvingo and Harare.

Said Mangwana on twitter, “Zimbabwe’s #Covid19 positive cases have now spiked to 132. The 76 new cases have been recorded in the Beitbridge, Masvingo and Harare.  All new cases except one have been registered among returnees from mainly SA and Botswana. Only one case is a local transmission.”

The new spike could be a worrisome development for Zimbabwean authorities and ordinary Zimbabweans preparing for a phased reopening of schools in June.

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Zim coronavirus cases rise to 48 as 2 more returnees test positive

By Staff Reporter

ZIMBABWE’S coronavirus cases have risen to 48 after two more returnees have been diagnosed with the dreaded disease.

This was confirmed Wednesday by the Ministry of Health and Child Care in its latest update of the Covid-19 situation in the country.

“Two (2) cases tested positive for Covid-19 today. The cases are female returnees. 1 from Botswana and 1 from South Africa who both tested positive on the 8th day of quarantine,” said the ministry.

“To date, the total number of confirmed cases is 48; recovered 18, active cases 26 and 4 deaths since the onset of the outbreak on 20 March 2020.”


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Zimbabwe’s coronavirus cases surge to 42, fresh cases from quarantine centres

By Health Reporter

ZIMBABWE’S confirmed coronavirus cases have surged to 42 with some fresh cases recorded among returning locals who have been placed under compulsory quarantine.

Two of the cases were confirmed from locals who were returning from South Africa.

The travel history of the other two cases was not revealed by authorities.

The country’s Health Ministry reported in its daily update of Covid-19 cases in Zimbabwe that the cases were discovered at a quarantine centre in Mashonaland West province, one was recorded in Harare and another in Mashonaland East.

“The Ministry reports that 4 cases tested positive for COVID-19 today, 1 positive case from Mashonaland East Province and 1 from Harare, both travellers from South Africa.

“The other 2 are from a quarantine centre in Mashonaland West Province.”

To date, Zimbabwe now has 42 Covid-19 confirmed cases, 13 recoveries while four have succumbed to the virus.

Of the 42, 25 are active cases.


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UK based Zim nurse loses fight to coronavirus after spending 21 days on ventilator

By Staff Reporter

A United Kingdom based retired Zimbabwean nurse has died of coronavirus after spending 21 days fighting for her life on a ventilator.

The sad news of Rachel Makombe-Chokanda’s death aged 67 at Royal London Hospital on Friday was broken on social media by close associates.

Makombe-Chikanda was among retired medical staff who were invited back to work by the British government to assist an overwhelmed NHS staff fight the Covid-19 surge in that country.

She sadly contracted the disease in the line of duty.

She is another sad statistic to a fast-rising number of Zimbabwean health professionals who migrated to the UK in the last two decades to join the rewarding British health sector.

The country’s embassy to Britain reported over a week ago that at least 29 Zimbabweans based in the former colonial master had died of the world pandemic.

The UK is one of the world countries worst hit by the pandemic.

Covid-19 deaths on Zimbabweans outside the country have come with added grief among relatives back home who do not get a chance to bury their loved ones because of current travel restrictions among countries and the tough world measures imposed on burials involving such deaths.

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