The Ministry of Health and Child Care has made a move to reassure the public that the recent surge in flu-like illnesses reported across the country is simply due to the common cold.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Ministry attributed the increased cases of flu to the winter season, which is typically associated with a higher prevalence of common cold.

Contrary to speculations, the Ministry categorically stated that the cases are neither due to Covid-19 nor any other new viruses.

“There is no viral pandemic in Zimbabwe,” the statement reads

The public has been advised to take simple precautions to prevent the spread of the flu, including leading healthy lifestyles, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, keeping warm, and where necessary, taking over-the-counter common cold remedies.