Zimbabwe: Twitter Tales Reveal the Deadly Height of Harare's Covid-19 Third Wave


The third wave of Covid-19 is upon us, and social media in Zimbabwe is awash with death messages and condolence messages.

Our small town of Gwanda seems to be particularly hard hit by the third wave of Covid-19. The Ministry of Health says that for every 100 people tested for Covid-19 in Gwanda, one in four tested positive.

This is alarming.

Gwanda Provincial Hospital is too small to handle such high numbers. In addition, the hospital has no capacity to treat anyone adequately, because of a lack of medicine and equipment.

On 18 July @mazvitacata posted this about Zimbabwean hospitals on her timeline:

"One thing I will never get used to is death and losing a loved one. I hate the Zimbabwean government with a passion they have blood on their hands due to their incompetence. They take themselves to European and Asian hospitals while they leave Zimbabweans to suffer."

On Tuesday there were 2,705 new positive cases and 62 recorded deaths in the country. But Zimbabweans believe those statistics are not reflective of the reality on the ground. They suspect that many Covid-19 deaths are going unrecorded.

A Twitter user based in Bulawayo, @zibusisoe, posted this on 21 July:...

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