By Stanford Madombwe
THE upmarket neighbourhood of Borrowdale, easily one of the mkost affluent in Zimbabwe, has become Harare’s Covid-19 hot spot, according to the latest City of Harare health report.
The data shows that since December, most cases have come from the leafy suburb, with the most affected age groups being 30-49.
While some say this was expected because Borrowdale is “the epitome of upward mobility” in the city, a health expert told the Zimbabwe Voice that a different theory could be more plausible.
“To be honest, unbiased conclusions from these statistics could only be drawn if we were doing massive testing with all communities having equal access. One can argue that since COVID-19 tests are expensive, more people in Borrowdale can afford them than in other neighbourhoods, for example.
“So we cannot offer a conclusive analysis of these data, otherwise we risk creating a culture where people in Sunningdale, for example, drop down their guard and think the virus is a ‘Borrowdale’ virus, yet that’s certainly not the case,” said the public health expert with the Ministry of Health.
“Without the actual number of tests done per area I don’t think we can depend much on this information. If the Govt was to set up a free unlimited testing centre in Mbare, for instance, I am sure they would find more in those areas,” she added.
The explanation seems reasonable, another said, as the “reds” on the Harare map do not seem to be concentrated on any side of the capital city.
Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, Zimbabwe recorded 160 new positive cases of the coronavirus, and 15 deaths. The figures have been on a steady downward trend as Zimbabwe is now in its fourth week of a hard national lockdown.
Since the outbreak was first detected in March 2020, Zimbabwe has had 24 331 cases, 1 303 deaths and 28 145 recoveries. – Zimbabwe Voice