The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Zambia has risen to 16.
Health Minister, Chitalu Chilufya says the four new cases include three, who are part of a group that traveled from Pakistan with the eight others, who are already admitted to Levy Mwanawasa University Hospital isolation ward, while one is a resident of Luanshya who was on the same flight with the team.
Speaking during a Covid -19 update, Dr. Chilufya said the four were picked after the surveillance team established their whereabouts.
He said the health surveillance team is working round the clock to trace people who were on the plane. One of the people who had traveled from Pakistan is reported to have traveled to Petauke.
Dr. Chilufya said all the people, who tested positive, are in a stable condition and responding to treatment with no death having been recorded.
The Minister said Zambia has adequate ventilators strategically positioned in different parts of the country and that test kits are also adequate.
He said President Edgar Lungu has also directed the Ministry to firmly focus on ensuring that Universal health coverage is provided despite the Covid-19 outbreak.
And the Minister has warned that it is an offence to mingle with the public when one is placed on self-quarantine.He warned those breaching the statutory provisions.
And, Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya has appealed to the public to report people abrogating the law and mingling with the public after being placed on self-quarantine.
Meanwhile, Huawei Zambia has donated Intelligent Temperature Measurement Equipment worth K500 000.
Huawei Zambia Managing Director Anthony You said ICT access control solution can efficiently identify the target and detect the temperature at longer distances with infrared.
And Makoro Investments also donated 1000 hand sanitisers worth about K150 000.