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Zambia has recorded 306 new cases out of 1,243 tests conducted in the last 24 hours

Health Zambia has recorded 306 new cases out of 1,243 tests conducted in...

Ministry Permanent Secretary for Technical Services Dr Kennedy Malama has disclosed that Zambia has recorded 306 new cases out of 1,243 tests conducted in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative number of cases to 5,555.

Dr Malama explained that 253 cases were recorded in Lusaka, 19 in Nakonde, 17 in Kitwe, 3 in Mpika, 3 in Ndola, 2 in Chingola, 1 in Chinsali, 1 in Kalabo and 1 in Mongu.

Speaking when he gave the latest COVID-19 update today, Dr Malama disclosed that 3 deaths were recorded and brings the cumulative number of deaths associated with COVID-19 to149.

“We have registered another facility death in Levy Mwanawasa Isolation Centre. The cumulative number of deaths associated with COVID-19 now stands at 149. Following the re-classification of the deaths in which the virus has been detected, it has been determined that 41 are COVID deaths while 98 are COVID-19 associated deaths. Ten (10) deaths are yet to be classified. The COVID-19 associated deaths are those in whom COVID-19 was detected but is not the primary cause of death” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has said that they are working around the clock to ensure there is timely release of COVID-19 test results.

Dr Malama has noted the public worry and concern on the delay to release the results saying Zambia like many other countries in the world is facing a global challenge in terms of testing capacity.

Dr Malama, therefore, called for support from all stakeholders such as the corporate institutions to hold hands with government in providing support with testing kits and reagents and further thanked all those supplementing government in the response thus far.

He said the government’s intention is to increase testing to unprecedented levels and ultimately reach 10,000 tests per day in order to enhance mass community screening.

“We are not happy with our current testing levels but once we work around all the issues, we will be able to do more testing and release the test results timely” he assured and said government has procured various testing reagents which have delayed due to logistical issues as a result of the pandemic.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Bena Zambia bushe te imwe mwalelanda ati, Coronavirus mulibe mu Zambia, ati nivakubazungu kweka, Mukosefye bane more tests will expose more cases

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  2. This represents around 25% per test or one out of four bieng positive. Please test schools in Lusaka right away.

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  3. Don’t panic, keep safe and well. Follow RULES!

    Keep in prayer.

  4. Thank you ba PS. Guys take precautions. No mungulu. Glad bowman is back in action to whip some sense in some of you.

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  5. What is the R, that is the rate at which the infection is spreading in the community. Furthermore, the death rate per positive cases is now 2.6%. Zambia is not doing very well because there is not a single measure the government has set up to reduce the rate of infections. They are simply chasing the numbers. The public health measures MUST be enforced with prison or fines. It looks like the psychology of Zambians is not amenable to self discipline. Ministers and MPs alike are being infected as if they are healthcare workers who have no choice. We are not good at volunteering, we need to be told and forced.

  6. Zambia is burning on three fronts – public health-wise , economically and politically .Thanks to PF’s misguided leadership.

  7. Covid-19 information now is more cohesive and consistent in line with tests carried out world wide. Pity Dr Malama should have been brought way back to manage this pandemic information professionally. Zambians indured that thief briefing which only made sense to Kaizer Zezulu.

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  8. The only thing these useless empty tins can do is just wait for warm weather, direct technical and financial assistance from donors ….PF govt is incapable of doing anything right!!

  9. Bwana technocrat, you are not telling the nation that the positivity rate of over 25% in the sample is surely a bad sign. Therefore, there is need to raise both awareness on how to prevent further spread of the disease and enhance testing even well beyond 20, 000 test per day, so as to at least test 500, 000 test from the community in the month of August 2020.

  10. I have a geniune question for diasporans, especially tarino. You criticize the government of the day all day and night. You claim we are thieves and all sorts of evils. Since you think this way, please answer these questions:

    1. What do you think is the alternative to our government which you think would do things according to your standards?
    2. Name the party you believe would do a better job than us.

    You talk all day but we never hear your alternative parties of support. What do you want? Because we know it’s not pf.so tell us now. I give you 24 hours.

  11. Sorry I don’t respond to silly childish impostors who claim to be in places they are not but playing candy camera with themselves like the disgraced sacked PF minister.

  12. Your response does not surprise anyone of us tarino. A clear case of fighting for what you don’t know. You have been hiding behind the imposter nonsense for months now and yet we all know that is because you have no clue. You are just a typical complainer with no ideas or solutions. You are hurt by the lack of attention or rather dwindling attention you seem to be getting. It says a lot when some one clearly using an anonymous name calls those using their real names as imposter. Shocking

  13. Your response does not surprise anyone of us tarino. A clear case of fighting for what you don’t know. You have been hiding behind the imposter nonsense for months now and yet we all know that is because you have no clue. You are just a typical complainer with no ideas or solutions. You are hurt by the lack of attention or rather dwindling attention you seem to be getting. It says a lot when some one clearly using an anonymous name calls those using their real names as imposter. Shocking and quite embarrassing

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  14. @KZ …The alternative is actually a govt. that has constructive policies in agriculture, creation of industries, control of our own resources and subsequently creation of jobs. A government that has the acumen of what governance entails – not for self-aggrandizement. Auditor generals reports have proven year after year of the extent of misappropriation in every ministry. Hence need for a govt. with zero tolerance on corruption. The PF govt. has not done any of these. A govt. that will facilitate local production from local resources – not one that colludes with external regimes, offering them all the contracts, to externalize resources, reap off Zambians and in the process enrich govt. officials who get kick backs. The list is endless of how useless this regime is and how it has further…

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