The Ministry of Health says there is a general drop in compliance with Covid-19 health guidelines following the easing of some restrictions.
Health Permanent Secretary in charge of Technical services Kennedy Malama says President Edgar Lungu was categorical when he opened some sectors of the economy, that it will be dependent on strict adherence to health guidelines without which restrictions ma
Dr. Malama says with increased interaction, there is a chance of a spike in COVID-19 cases especially if the guidelines are not followed.
Speaking during the daily COVID-19 update in Lusaka, Dr. Malama announced that in the last twenty-four hours, Zambia has recorded ninety-nine cases out of 7-hundred and 47 tests conducted.
He said two brought in dead -BIDs- were recorded with two facility deaths.
Two hundred and 10-people have been discharged while 45 people are admitted at various health facilities of which 14 are on oxygen therapy.
And Infectious Diseases Director Lloyd Mulenga urged parents to ensure children are protected because they can be key carriers of COVID-19 even without symptoms.
Professor Mulenga said four percent of all infections have been recorded in children.
Meanwhile, Local Government Minister Charles Banda has warned of stiff action against proprietors found operating outside the curfew on the partial opening of bars, nightclubs and casinos, from Friday to Sunday.
Dr. Banda said that the law will follow those found wanting and their operational licenses will be revoked.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka, Dr. Banda said local authorities countrywide have been guided on enforcement measures and public monitoring of compliance has begun.
He said all proprietors of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants will be expected to notify the councils on measures they will take to combat the spread of COVID-19.
President Edgar Lungu on Friday directed the partial reopening of bars and nightclubs from 18 hours to 23 hours on weekends.