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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Zambia records third case of COVID-19

Headlines Zambia records third case of COVID-19

Zambia has recorded a third case of COVID- 19 involving a Lusaka based man who travelled to Pakistan on March 9th , 2020 and returned to Zambia on March 18th, 2020.

Minister of health Chitalu Chilufya indicates that the recorded new case brings the total number of COVID -19 in the country to three.

ZANIS reports that Dr Chilufya confirmed the development during a press briefing in Lusaka today.

The Minister of Health has since reiterated the importance of Zambians or foreigners who are residents in Zambia, to adhere to the quarantine rules of 14 days upon their return to the country as they are backed by law under the Statutory Instrument number 22.

He warned that those not obeying with the authorities concerning the quarantine rules are breaking the law and that the law will visit them.

And Dr Chilufya said the two patients that were found with COVID-19, are responding well to treatment, adding that a repeated test will be conducted today to ascertain their progress.

Dr Chilufya has since re-echoed government’s call to ensure that measures advised in the prevention of COVID -19 such as washing and sanitizing of hands as well as self-isolation among others are adhered to.

He said President Edgar Lungu is gravely concerned with COVID-19 and has directed a multisectoral robust response against the disease.

The Minister of Health further stated that the epidemic has so far geographically spread rapidly and as of today globally, cases stand at 308, 463 including 13,069 deaths.

He said in Africa 41 countries have been affected with a total number of 1,248 cases of COVID-19 and 37 deaths including Zambia.

The Minister noted that the highest countries so far in Africa with Coronavirus cases is Egypt with 294 cases and 10 deaths followed by South Africa with 240 cases.

Meanwhile, the National Pensions Scheme Authority (NAPSA) has made a cash contribution of K1 Million to help government procure various supplies required in various centers to implement efforts government is making against COVID 19.

Government has also decided to shut down all educational institutions amid coronavirus outbreak fears.

Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said the decision, which Took effect Friday, March 2020,is a measure to prevent the global outbreak.

The virus emerged in Wuhan, China last December, and has spread to nearly 150 countries and territories. The World Health Organization (WHO) has since declared the outbreak a pandemic.

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36 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for keeping the nation informed. We beg you all to adhere to the guidance from government. Do not take this virus lightly. We will be issuing further directives early next week. One Zambia one nation. Let’s put politics aside during this terrible time. Kz

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  2. Brothers and sisters I woke up with a slight sore throat today. Pray for me. I ask for your prayers during this scary time. Jehovah guide us

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  3. Where is Our Dear Leader? He is waiting for numbers to spike before he closes our borders and start constituting a Commission of Inquiry to understand the cause of Covid-19. He is quite. I won’t campaign for him in 2021.

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  4. SakalA the future to winning elections lies with social media platforms. I don’t even always post as sometimes my account is managed by my public relations team. Get with the programme.

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  5. Fake report they are more than 3 cases of coronavirus infected people. What about the Chinese man who arrived on the 13th March
    2020 who has privately quarantined himself at a Chinese company’s premises in Lusaka’s Ngwerere’s area..”TV news crew” who went there undercover were blocked entrance by Chinese nationals who asked how the information had leaked to a private media house. In an interview one Chinese confirmed the report . The Chinese
    company is said to be dealing with cyber cables and street camera installations

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  6. The person impersonating kaiza Zulu you are just committing an offence of impersonation. Its you own good for you to stop it. Its just a friendly advise

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  7. Meanwhile the humble leader is drinking in State House…Zambians put leaders in State House not Jokers, they will keep lying about numbers…ask him about the money that has been side as and who has been contracted to do what? This thief Chilufya will steal everything

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  8. According to a Chinese woman in the video at Ngwerere area inside the company for cyber cables and street cameras installations, premises, there’s a room where a fellow Chinese is quarantined. QUESTION IS, WHY IS THE CHINESE MAN QUARANTINED WITHIN THE COMPANY’S PREMISES where many Zambians are working and still have to go home to be with their families at the end of the day? This is how many cases are spreading quietly. In west Africa that Chinese man would have been dragged out of his hiding hole by the locals before he spreads the disease even more. The poor Zambian security guard who has to spray the room of the infected Chinese man must be tested and everyone in his family ..he probably uses the minibus to go home. This means more people on the loose with coronavirus

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  9. Maj juku 1 – Its that bored chap who was posting rubbish on LT couple of months ago N3z the coon, the sad chap is so bored he keeps cloning bloggers accounts now he has found this new hobby of impersonating Kz…imagine someone waking up in the morning and saying oh what am I going to say today in Kz name…very sad shameless little man.

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  10. Panic among Zambians…. – Trust the Crook Chilufya at your own peril…these are hardcore corrupt individuals who run MOH like his personal clinic. We have not even heard of specialists in the field its always him in front…

  11. It has been very difficult for the western countries to combat covid-19 due to negligence which many countries also may face if the following measures are not adhered to:
    The Zambian government must ensure;
    1.to take it seriously and act quickly,
    2.make tests extensive, and affordable,
    3.encourage early SOCIAL DISTANCING,
    4.keep the public well informed and on side,
    5.trace and isolate the affected and finally,
    6.take it down to individuals attitudes.
    Only if these measures are taken seriously that we can beat this pandemic in the quickest possible time.

  12. Yet we govt is approaching this deadly pandemic with baby punches. Learn from Italy. This minister says this another increases the time I wonder if there is coordination in this govt. All ministers keep stepping on each other’s toes, total disarray or confusion, I wonder if useless seer one juju is causing this confusion in the Gov’t.

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  13. Dr Chilufya, please do something about bars, the covid19 will be spread by these drunks who have regard for other people. The ZNBC news today only showed measures taken by churches, nothing to show what these bars are doing to avoid the spread of CVD19. Zambians think this is a joking matter, just wait for another 3 to 4 weeks and you shall see the confusion that will prevail. We need a lockdown on some businesses eapecially bars.

  14. Close all Zambia’s borders ,ban all incoming flights , close all public markets,cancel all social events and schools for 2 weeks.Only draconian measures will work- its preferable to many deaths.

  15. There is need to keep an eye on people who are coming into the country and supposed to be under quarantine. If security agencies are failing to keep track of them I suggest we attach a GPS tracker to each of the suspects. Any simple mistake and the covid-19 will enter the general populace and we will be counting the infections in 100s.

  16. Why travel to Pakistan within March, to import the virus. This is similar to the previous case who went for a holiday in a dangerous If we had no such people with such attitude this country could have been at zero case. UYU MUFULO

  17. Let’s stop the hysteria and unkindness to one another. Already the diehard propagandists on this platform are capitalising on the misery of this situation. I urge citizens to help one another, no matter tribe or political party affiliations. Don’t be so primitive as to engage in Savage unkindness and ugly Emotions akin to lesser creatures. EMPATHISE.

    For KZ
    We lift up KZ the blogger for healing, (if he isn’t the real kz, maybe he can be healed of the need to blog as him too). We pray and ask it in Faith and Believing in your power over all things. By your grace and power, may he be healed and comforted from fear of psychosomatic illness. May WE ALL be protected from psychosomatic illness and instead by your grace be strong of Mind and strong in Faith in your power. We ask it…

  18. For KZ
    We lift up KZ the blogger for healing, (if he isn’t the real kz, maybe he can be healed of the need to blog as him too). We pray and ask it in Faith and Believing in your power over all things. By your grace and power, may he be healed and comforted from fear of psychosomatic illness. May WE ALL be protected from psychosomatic illness and instead by your grace be strong of Mind and strong in Faith in your power.

    We ask it all in the name of Jesus our Redeemer and Saviour. We pray in the name of The Father, The Son and of The Holy Spirit. Amen

  19. Everyone be mindful of this. There will be an increase to stress/mental illness in all of us in the coming months as we deal with ‘Mr Corona virus’. Particularly
    psychosomatic and hypochondriacal illness which pertains to stress illness. It’s just as real as actual physical illness.

    Description…..
    ‘We’ve all wondered whether an ache or pain could be the sign of something more sinister. For most of us it’s a fleeting worry, quickly forgotten when the symptom disappears. For hypochondriacs, however, that sense of anxiety never goes away. Then there’s psychosomatic illness: when people unconsciously think themselves ill.’

    SELF-CARE is the new buzz word. It means look after yourself, your mental wellbeing too.

  20. It’s my prayer that this message gets to the right people who can act upon it immediately: There’s no need for Zambia to wait for the cases to increase then stop the gatherings, if we are really serious the time to stop all forms of gatherings such as Churches, Bars, restaurants etc is now. Lets learn from other countries that are under lockdown, I am sure with what they are experiencing now they are wishing they had implemented the measures much earlier. We won’t be less Christians or Moslems by suspending our gatherings for a season for the betterment of all Zambians. Bars unfortunately are places where the virus can spread rapidly because as people get drunk they become more and more careless and exercise less restraint thereby passing on the disease. What made China successful in…

  21. I like the comments from minister you can see he is trying to say YOU KEEP THE Community safe in those lock down and quarantine measures but at the same time YOU MAINTAIN Commerce and Trading happening as YOU do Stimulus and inject liquidity into the economic to still register some growth

    You encourage also safe means of work and healthy practice around the communities and people to stem the spread of the virus

    Good thinking by Minister of healthy and team

  22. I wonder what grz’s motive is for not suspending flights from affected countries. Kenya and some countries have done so. Countries with the best medical facilities are grappling with the spread of the pandemic, but here it is business as usual. Italy recorded 651 deaths in 24 hours. Presidents all over the world are addressing their people, but kuno ECL ni zii maningi. Those companies wishing to donate, don’t donate money, donate materials. That K1M donated yesterday will grow legs.

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    A Kenyan Health Ministry official sprays disinfectant onto a hand-cart to control the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Gikomba outdoor street market in the capital Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, March 21, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough and the vast majority recover in 2-6 weeks but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health issues, the virus that causes COVID-19 can result in more severe illness, including…

  24. ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Lockdowns have begun in Africa as coronavirus cases rise above 1,000, while Nigeria on Saturday announced it is closing airports to all incoming international flights for one month in the continent’s most populous country.

    Rwanda said all unnecessary movements outside the home are banned for two weeks as of midnight except for essential services such as health care and shopping. The East African nation, which has 17 cases, told all public and private employees to work from home. Tunisia earlier imposed a lockdown as well.

    Meanwhile, two African heads of state appeared to defy their own travel restrictions to attend another president’s inauguration.

    Uganda, Eritrea and Angola announced their first cases, meaning 42 of Africa’s 54 countries are now affected…

  25. . Congo and Ghana reported their first death; Burkina Faso reported two new ones. Uganda is closing its borders to all but cargo. Ethiopia said all arriving passengers will face mandatory quarantine as of Monday. Republic of Congo and Ghana are closing their borders. But Somalia is lifting its ban on international flights for two days so stranded citizens can come home.

    Nigeria’s international flight ban came a day after Africa’s busiest airport, in Johannesburg, blocked foreigners from disembarking and two major airlines — Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways — announced sweeping cancellations of international flights.

    Nigeria’s announcement followed its first cases in the capital, Abuja.

    The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said “emergency and essential” flights are…

  26. exempt from the ban that starts Monday. An adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, said Nigeria also plans to suspend passenger rail services starting then.

    While Angola closed air, land and sea borders this week, President Joao Lourenco attended Saturday’s inauguration of Namibian President Hage Geingob. Also there was President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, which this week suspended international travel by all government employees. Namibia has three cases.

    “My conscience tells me … I did not give a bad example to Angolans,” Lourenco told state television, saying his earlier decree left room for extraordinary circumstances, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported.

    Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa also was there. On Saturday, his country announced the…

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