The COVID-19 situation in the country continued to improve leading to the government relaxing most restrictive measures in early September, which enabled households to resume livelihood activities. Although vaccination rates have reduced, they still remain among the highest in Africa.
The month of July saw the greatest increase in COVID-19 confirmed cases in the country since the start of the pandemic, however the number of confirmed new cases steadily declined during August from a daily average of 1,900 to 151 per day.
A new report has revealed how the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened poverty levels in the country while inhibiting access to health services by marginalized groups. According to Zimbabwe's Second Voluntary National Review (VNR) 2021, COVID-19 affected the country's capacity to offer social protection to the vulnerable people.
Zambia and Zimbabwe have experienced food security emergencies of varying severity, mainly caused by drought and floods in some areas. Like several countries in Africa and elsewhere, the two countries have developed and used Strategic Grain Reserves (SGR) to cope with food emergencies and other functions to ensure the availability of food.
The food and nutrition security in the country has improved significantly in tandem with the harvest period and increased household access to food mainly cereals, pulses, vegetables and tubers from own production.
In March 2021, the country recorded a total of 864 new cases compared to 2,723 in February and 19,646 in January 2021. A total of 60 deaths were reported in March compared to 241 in February and 833 in January 2021.