Wednesday, June 19, 2024

COVID-19 Cases Explode in Nakonde , with 79 new cases out of 170 Tests

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Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has declared Nakonde District as the new COVID-19 epicenter following the explosion of new cases in the district. The 76 new cases, out of 170 tests done in Nakonde, marks the highest number of new COVID-19 cases record in a district since the detection of the disease in Zambia.

Briefing the media today, Dr. Chitalu also announced that 3 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded while the country has also an additional 9 new cases out of 346 test, to bring the total to recorded 85 new cases, with 1 recovery in the last 24 hours.

Dr. Chilufya added that the cases involve 26 truck drivers, among them 18 Tanzanians, 13 being workers at lodges and commercial sex workers, and 31 immigration staff among others.

Dr Chilufya disclosed that the first death was recorded from an 82-year-old patient of Nampundwe who had a stroke but was subjected to COVID-19 tests which came out positive. He said the second case is of a 30-year-old female from Ngombe compound who tested positive but was suffering from the chronic liver condition while the 3rd case is from a patient from Ndola who was investigated for tuberculosis and presented to the hospital and was swabbed and also tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Chitalu also said that the 9 cases are from 346 tests done in Lusaka out of which the deaths came from bringing the cumulatively cases to 252, 112 recoveries, 133 active cases, and 7 deaths.

The Minister said the cases recorded in Nakonde came from mass testing which was necessitated by a couple from the Copperbelt who tested positive after coming from the border town.

Dr. Chilufya further said 650 cases from Nakonde are being analysed today and said all measures have since been intensified to avoid further community spread in the district and also appealed to the citizenry to avoid traveling to and from Nakonde.

“Key guidelines remain the same. avoid unnecessary travels and enhance hygiene in the midst of the gradual retain to normalcy and be adherent to the public health guidelines” he urged.

Dr. Chilufya said the ministry has instituted stringent border control measures and those who will be coming from Nakonde will be subjected to the 14 days mandatory quarantine at their own cost.

He said Chinsali will have a 300-bed  quarantine facility  and assured that the government will be able to handle the surge in cases in the area.

“In averting a public crisis and allowing the economy to run this summons all of us to observe strictly the public guidelines as given by President Edgar Lungu in his national address,” Dr.Chilufya said.

69 COMMENTS

  1. Twalimyebele ati close those borders completely, but tamwaleumfwa!! Dont cry as if you did not know this was going to happen anyway!!

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    • India is not even allowing its own citizens stranded in other countries to return back, here we busy adding Tanzanians to the Zambian statistics, was the NEW NORMAL sermon meant to prepare us for today’s announcement.

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  2. And these are the medical experts advising the dull chap in State House…its not even laughable. The lies are catching up now!!

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  3. You now need to calmly put watertight measures in place as you are likely going to have more than one epicenter at the same time.

    If you panic-respond you will lose the battle.

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  4. Thank you sir for keeping us updated. One of the major causes of this is the lack of self discipline among many people. My bro lusambos strategy worked well in lusaka. Please don’t make us take it there.we believe people are mature enough to heed a directive that will save your own life. As we speak I am now at the office looking into this. When duty calls we have to work even at weekends. Can we please comply with rules. Kz

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  5. Tata ba KZ you have to realise that the Zambian public no longer have any confidence in any policy direction, sorry to say, it is because of people like you who are good at nothing, but always praising eko ubuchi buletona!!

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  6. New normal is going to shupa.

    The PROFILE OF COV8D 19 IN ZED IS VERY VERY frustrating to predict.

    the only prediction is that we seem to be behind the trajectory.

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  7. 79 positive cases out of 170 tests, by extrapolation that means that of the 650 tests that are being analysed about 300 will be positive….and yet we are unlocking down.

    Dr Chilufya in all his comments suggests that Dr Edgar Lungu is now guiding the health professionals instead of the other way round. I thought Mr Lungu’s doctorate was more philosophical rather than health? He is a lawyer by profession isn’t he?

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  8. Statically this is a very very big concern. This is like a 50% success rate in a test. This should be a major cause for concern. Wont be surprised if they report 200 tomorrow with the 650 test being done. This can’t be new Normal for schools in that areas. New normal is 5 here, 10 there , 6 here, 11 there and spread out. From what we are being told about the profile of this disease, 50% infection in a sample can’t be normal. That is a crisis, right there. Shut down the Zambia’s new Wuhan-Nakonde. Nobody leaves nobody goes in.

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  9. Bally advised you to close boarders. Imwe ati no we are a landlocked country. Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana quickly closed the borders and their cases are far below Zambias. Learn to listen

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  10. Key guidelines remain the same. avoid unnecessary travels and enhance hygiene in the midst of the gradual retain to normalcy and be adherent to the public health guidelines” he urged.Dr. Chilufya said the ministry has instituted stringent border control measures and those who will be coming from Nakonde will be subjected to the 14 days mandatory quarantine at their own cost.
    He said Chinsali will be the quarantine facility and has a 300-bed capacity.

    Diasporans your evil prayers for death on our country will not succeed. We have a great patriotic team and God on our side. Go away you demons. Kz

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  11. Firstly why has it taken so long to carry out tests in Nakonde. 79 out of 170 tests is very high and this only means its very wide spread in Nakonde.Secondly this disease is going to get worse in the cold season.We have been warned and have had ample time to prepare. There was a ban of buses into and out of Nakonde recently but it seems that decision was overturned.People we need to take this disease seriously and not wait for an explosion of cases to get serious.A new normal is not being complacent but being diligent. Borders should have been closed in March ,I am not sure what our government was waiting for. Their over confident manner is disconcerting.

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  12. We told you dull people way before that the situation is a lot worse than being reported.

    Even the deaths are much higher than being reported.

    It is governments in Africa that will kill their own people, not corona. Stop lying to the people and tell them the truth so they know how serious this virus is.

    I am very sad to hear this news. But brace yourselves as the cold season approaches.

    I pray for my country.

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  13. So if they test 10000 people in nakonde, how many will be positive??

    Nearly 5000?

    We are talking about HALF the population infected in Nakonde. And growing.

    Do you actually understand how serious this thing is?

    Can someone unleash cadre Lusambo please to come and whip some sense into dull people?

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  14. LT, please can’t you find another picture of the “hon” minister to use than one in which he is abusing his face mask and the people around him? Not only does it make the man look like an i’diot but it sets a terrible example for the nation at a critical moment in Zambia’s history. Or, if no better pictures of “hon” Chilufya (…because of always being stu’pid with his mask?) then use a graphic of the virus instead.

    Serious. Just like your other piece, LT in which you published a bogus list of “facts and myths” you need to do better and stop misinforming the public. It’s not difficult. Just think a little and PLEASE do better. Here’s hoping…!

  15. I will take these statistics with a pinch of salt. 79 positive cases and no deaths in the area? An 82 year old Nampundwe man dies from stroke and then is associated with C19. All this happening after the President announces relaxing of some measures. Watch CC closely with his covid. How many from Tunduma are positive?

  16. this is unscientific reporting it is simply sensational and misleading. in public health tell us about the attack rate and the mortality rates. show us the graves of the victims in Nakonde. lets sober up and respect science.

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  17. “People lack self discipline…. people are mature enough” what is the message here? It is lack blessing and cursing at the same time.

  18. This nakonde issue has more to do with Tanzania than anything else. Magufuli is a wonderful president but his response to covid 19 has been lackluster. People are applauding him for ordering the organic medicine for corona from Madagascar, but this is just him panicking after he has realized that his people are dying in numbers. He was making jokes about this disease while the rest of the world were wearing masks he refused to encourage his own people to wear them. Kenya, Uganda, Eritrea and Ethiopia are having meetings on how to deal with Tanzania. The high numbers in these countries are due to towns bordering Tanzania. Their government is trying to hide number of deaths by conducting night time burials.

  19. This number in NAKONDE alone is not good at all. Government consider paying retirees at PSPF. Had you listened to close Nakonde Boarder all was going to be well with us. PAY RETIREES AT PSPF.

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  20. Felix silwimba, learn to read the article then coment which graves do you want in nakonde are use also in the business of wanting people dead? To our comrades r.i.p

  21. Magufuli John, the hero of Zambians, thinking is spreading across Africa. Is negative approach to covid 19 is going to engulf us if the border is closed.

  22. Can those whose know they traveled to and from nakonde in the last 13 days voluntarily take themselves for testing at the nearest test center they know.

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  23. Chilufya and Dola are up to no good, They are doing it for themselves and MMD. How can they let the Humble leader look like he is lost and not on top of things? Awe nabobene fyakuifwaila.

  24. Chichi does that apply to all world leaders as the entire world is experiencing new infections. Does this apply to the country that has adopted you as asylum seeker.

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  25. Indigo please take your inferiority complex away from here and go and shove it up your backside with the help of your imperial master

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  26. corruption scandals: 48 houses social security cash luxury presidential jet ambulances fire trucks mukula trees ndola-lusaka rd malawi maizegate fuelgate swaziland landgate zesco loans corruption scandals: 48 houses social security cash luxury presidential jet ambulances fire trucks mukula trees ndola-lusaka rd malawi maizegate fuelgate swaziland landgate zesco loans

    This ain’t gonna end well. Are we doing any community tracing to ensure people associated with these positive tests are tracked down and quarantined? If we aren’t doing that well enough we will be in maningi trouble.
    Just to respond to that Dr fimo fimo who was spewing out about this Coronavirus being a hoax, here is the reason why we should be very concerned as a country.

    Home Health
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    COVID-19 may turn out to be a hoax disrupting the economy
    By editor- May 9, 2020461,837 views

    I have been quietly monitoring the Covid-19 situation and the sequence of events that have transpired so far.

    I can safely say that it is not a lethal disease.

    Like I earlier observed we seem to have drifted from basing our decisions on Epidemiology to making decisions based on hearsay and…

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  27. corruption scandals: 48 houses social security cash luxury presidential jet ambulances fire trucks mukula trees ndola-lusaka rd malawi maizegate fuelgate swaziland landgate zesco loans corruption scandals: 48 houses social security cash luxury presidential jet ambulances fire trucks mukula trees ndola-lusaka rd malawi maizegate fuelgate swaziland landgate zesco loans

    The issue about COVID-19 is that it is a new virus that the medical world knows little about. It is highly transmitted and it mutates into different strains. It has no vaccine nor cure yet and that makes it really dangerous.

    Yes it is far less lethal compared to other viruses and pandemics but that is not the point. The issue is it overwhelms the healthcare systems to the point where a nation couldn’t cope. With more infections, it means you would need more hospital beds; more ventilation machines; more frontline healthcare workers; more ICUs. What that means is all other diseases are neglected; elective surgery stops; emergency medical services stops and you have a crisis. The already vulnerable Zambian healthcare system wouldn’t have a chance to cope with so many people falling sick…

  28. Its time to sypatherz with our brothers and sisters who have lost their loved ones.not only when it happens in southern province one zambia one nation.

  29. corruption scandals: 48 houses social security cash luxury presidential jet ambulances fire trucks mukula trees ndola-lusaka rd malawi maizegate fuelgate swaziland landgate zesco loans corruption scandals: 48 houses social security cash luxury presidential jet ambulances fire trucks mukula trees ndola-lusaka rd malawi maizegate fuelgate swaziland landgate zesco loans

    …The already vulnerable Zambian healthcare system wouldn’t have a chance to cope with so many people falling sick at once.
    So the only solution is to minimise the rate of infections at any given time so you have fewer people coming to the hospital to allow the system to cope.
    So it ain’t about 2% mortality rate, that is very simplistic way of looking at it.
    In China where it all started, they had to build makeshift hospitals to be able to cope. In NYC they are overwhelmed and are unable to cope right now. So LT please remove Dr fimo fimo the article!

  30. @Nine Chale was saying the situation is being managed well.You are only conducting under 500 tests per day nationally.
    Just start 5,000 tests per day and you will see that Chitalu Chilufya was being economical with the truth.

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  31. We have been informed that KZ has a ghost always in his car. Information from former State House Spokes person Amos Chanda is credible, as they say ‘ask a crocodile if you want to know how the hippo lives in water’ – Kaizer tell us the name of the ghost, don’t clown ghosts on this site.
    Despite your witchraft practice and insulting well meaning citizens will not insulate you as public enemy of Zambia. You or impostor, Zambians will not forget that you have harassed, beaten, maimed, humiliated, kidnapped, fired guns and shot Zambians and dehumanise Zambians. Zambians deserve justice and time is coming to get it. Cleansing yourself on this site will not wash up, records, living witnesses exist and testimonies will be in your face.

  32. Apologies for my uncouth language above about ‘shoving up your backside’. I should be more responsible and the grown up one as a leader. But sometimes I get tired of these Diaspora demons who question everything we do when they don’t even live here. They will question us about our wealthy, our human rights; our economy; governance and everything. Yet the people who live here think we are doing a great job and approve of everything we do. Obviously the Diasporas are jealous and are unhappy that we are richer than them who work like slaves in their adopted countries. They are also mad that their Bally can’t win an election. So excuse me if I get mad sometimes. Kz

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  33. So far we’ve managed the COVID 19 pandemic very well and the battle isn’t lost yet. Night patrols in Nakonde must be instituted because people sneak out to go and drink and sex workers soliciting for business in Tunduma town, border with Nakonde. beer drinking and prostitution are like Siamese twins, they are inseparable. I’m behind you MOH.

  34. Policy seems to be moving in reverse.

    3 cases – measures put in place
    84 cases – open churches, tennis and golf
    200+ cases – NEW NORMAL let’s open restaurants

    I guess at 500+ cases we shall be back to work and school.

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  35. Agree with those that say is partly reflects the Magufuli effect. Tanzania has been joking around with COVID-19, now they have hundreds of cases and even lost 3 MPs in the process.

  36. 4 weeks ago we told you that Chilufya’s sampling technique was flawed but you didn’t listen even taxi drivers know it.
    This is not for you attention seeking impostor to respond just watch BBC news in the UK.

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  37. There is reason to be concerned but no need to panic. Stringent border control measures is what we have called for ever since the outbreak but appears that was not taken seriously. However, it is not too late to rectify the situation.

    Zambia, being landlocked, will continue to experience imported cases hence the urgent need to increase surveillance and testing capacity in all districts to the neighbouring countries. We can learn from the Nakonde exponent to prevent a spike in other bordering areas.

  38. Lungu reopens the country and Covid 19 cases skyrocket …it makes perfect sense i see.

  39. Well, this is what happens when you have a drankard called Chagwa advised by another cannabis lunatic called Kainyokola Zulu running the country under the siege of Coronavirus. Anyway, all countries have closed their borders but our lazy fool thinks its wise to let those Mnwacusa relatives of Sata free entry into Zambia, now kunya bebele! I just hope it reached Bisaland to wife out all the apes that sired the Prof. of Tribalism bigotry Nkandu LUNYO!

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  40. @ Kalikeka…You said it all , I hope they’ve woken up that it’s not just in Lusaka province under siege.

  41. Chifundo for my clone aka tarino. No one even noticed your last comment under my name hahaha. Me apologise for what

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  42. 26 truck drivers, 18 from Tanzania and 8 Zambian, 31 Border officers, 13 Staff and residents from selected lodges. These groups is because of casual approaches to matters. These people were doing things as if nothing has happened in Tanzania which I have seen to be the case on Copperbelt as if there is no covid 19. Reliable law enforcement officers like in other country should swing into action. So that what has happened in Nakonde does not occur elsewhere. I can tell you people in that district are shaking. Next it will be your and you will also be shaking. So lets follow health guideline.

  43. Chisokone market is the next covid explosion 90% of the traders are from nakonde, and Kitwe residents and chisokone market are inseparable, thats your route to trace the covid atleast

  44. Iwe Kaizar Zulu tekanya, bring in diaspora doesn’t mean you’ve no relatives in Zambia. If you don’t give a rats **s , that’s your business buddy.

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  45. The likes of the imposter KZ are there to disrupt sense and pander to the gullible – and it is unbelievable how ‘normal’ thinking beings can ever align themselves with this despicable being (KZ) Coronavirus has affected different regions differently – but the crux of the matter is that human beings have died. For some, due to late responses – for others due to their vulnerability at advanced ages. The western systems advantage of longer life expectancy has of course been off set by the comorbidities that develop thereafter. But for people here to celebrate the deaths of thousands of people in Europe is atrocious. The numbers will not be as high in Africa due to a younger population, but the piecemeal measures mean we still won’t save as many as we could have, in Africa.

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  46. …being in diaspora does not mean that you don’t have relatives back home. Diaspora is a garden n home is home.

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  47. LT should somewhat regulate some insane contributions here. This is not a Zambian versus diaspora issue. Zambians abroad have relatives in Zambia and are genuinely concerned. What is the point of the disparaging sentiments of those working abroad? Does it matter what work they do? It’s a global world and people sell their labour where they please. All work is valued, unlike in some peoples minds in Zambia where they laugh at a public toilet cleaner but expect the toilet to be clean when they visit it. Mind you, Africans have covered all careers abroad – doctors at the frontline, engineers, accountants etc. apart from anything else. Some Zambian foo.ls here myopically criticise Zambians abroad but embrace exploitative racists investors in Zambia. Pathetic!

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  48. Kaizar Zulu stop jubilating of the high number of covid victims in advanced countries CO’s soon n very soon the vaccine you will want will come from there. Now sit down n reflect on the new 79 Nakonde cases.

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  49. I am not jubilating about deaths abroad. I am stating facts. You in diaspora should also stop wishing for many people to die here. I warned you before. If you genuinely have family here then you wouldn’t talk like you do and criticize our government when only 4 people have died and yet thousands have died in your new countries. That behaviour is of mercenaries. Kz

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  50. @ harold the insane contributions here are those from diasporans like you who rejoice when we get new infections in Zambia and still criticise when things go well. You are possessed sad demons who we don’t want or need here. I am sure the so called relatives you have here were glad to see the back of you all when you left. You all comes across as narcissistic little b.i.tches

  51. Out of 170, 79 are infected. In the last few days of infection each and everyone of the 79 have infected at least 3 other people or more if they have been in public work. This is an indication of what is occuring in the country.

    It’s just starting, it’s not time to stop quarantine.

  52. Corruption scandals: 48 houses social security cash luxury presidential jet ambulances fire trucks mukula trees ndola-lusaka rd malawi maizegate fuelgate swaziland landgate zesco loans Corruption scandals: 48 houses social security cash luxury presidential jet ambulances fire trucks mukula trees ndola-lusaka rd malawi maizegate fuelgate swaziland landgate zesco loans

    Kaizar Zulu, please sit down and shut up. First of all if you were doing a good job as government, many people wouldn’t leave Zambia to go elsewhere and seek economic refuge. Your corrupt government is failing to provide jobs for the many youths leaving colleges and universities because you have run down the economy through your corruption and irresponsible governance.
    3rd we are the ones providing monetary assistance to our many families left behind because you can’t even provide food and clean water for them. You should be ashamed of yourself.
    Finally you claim you have a wife working in the UK and you own houses there, why then do you bash the Diasporas.
    Finally your govt claims to have a Diaspora policy, is what you write here the same policy? We complain because we care and are…

  53. Every country that’s been hit with Covid 19 has experienced a spiral then a steady downwards trend. Zambia is merely going through the same trend. No need for people to panic or insult our President and the Ministry of Health team because they are doing their very best given the circumstances. Let’s be rational please!! Those that feel that they can govern the country any better are free to stand when elections come. Then wait and see if we will vote for you or not.

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  54. @Diaspora lady – There are questions that can be raised about how the govt has handled things so far. Just because they are doing their best doesn’t mean their best is good enough for the nation. That is how we find ourselves in mediocrity in Africa – by allowing people to hide behind “doing their best”. By the way the key issue in 2021 is not whether people will be free to stand or not but whether those that feel they can do better than the “best” of the incumbents will be given a level playing field or free and fair elections. Its more likely that we may get flawed elections and have to continue to stomach these mediocre fellows doing their best.

  55. Harold Muna – I wonder why you give credence to this childish UK based impostor, best thing is ignore him and LT has no capacity to regulate their website everything is vetted by software….just leave the UK impostor to his disciples Nenah Cherry and Diaspora Lady to bootlick him as they are too gullible to notice the difference.

  56. These reporters can’t be serious ka?
    Just read this!
    Briefing the media today, Dr. Chitalu also announced that 3 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded while the country has also an additional 9 new cases out of 346 test, to bring the total to recorded 85 new cases, with 1 recovery in the last 24 hours.

  57. @Tarino, I will heed your advice. But @KZ is nauseating. Most of us here try to be as constructive and sensible as we can be. Most of us have no where in our narratives ‘celebrated’ any deaths but showed concern over measures that may not work effectively. If anything, the despi.cable KZ has ululated to the deaths of thousands of people.

    Pathetic excuse of a so-called human this KZ is – not to mention the unbridled ignorance and a lack of any values. A plant on the blog by his masters to disturb right thinking beings.

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