Zambia has detected nearly 2,000 cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours from 55 districts across the country.
Minister of Health Jonas Chanda said 1, 796 positive cases were detected from 9,577 tests conducted across the country bringing the cumulative total of confirmed Covid 19 cases to 36,074.
Dr Chanda disclosed in a press statement issued to the media in Lusaka today that 950 cases were detected from screenings at healthcare facilities and 688 from routine screenings while 110 were contacts to known cases.
He said 312 patients with Covid 19 were currently in admission with 202 on oxygen support out of which 14 were critically.
The Minister said 1,001 patients are due for discharge bringing the cumulative number of recoveries to 25,106.
Dr Chanda said 10 people died to Covid 19 related conditions in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative mortalities to 537 out of which 203 are classified as Covid 19 deaths and 331 as Covid 19 related and 3 still remain unclassified.
The Minister urged Zambians to mask up as this measure has been proven to be effective in curbing the spread of the Covid19 pandemic.
Dr Chanda stated that studies have indicated that masks used by asymptomatic patients and family members have helped reduce secondary transmission by nearly 80 percent.
He said every Zambia must comply with public health measures as announced by President Edgar Lungu to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.
The Minister stressed that mandatory masking up, social distancing, washing hands and sanitizing and avoiding crowded places will help suppress the transmission of the virus and save lives.
Dr Chanda further urged the general public to heed President Lungu’s advice to utilize home based and traditional remedies as part of efforts to fight the pandemic.