Zambia has consecutively reported a single digit daily positivity in COVID-19 new cases.
Minister of Health Jonas Chanda has announced in a statement yesterday that in the last 24 hours 468 new COVID-19 positive cases were recorded out of 5,535 tests conducted, representing 8% positivity of new COVID cases.
The Minister says the new cases were reported from Lusaka province which had 213, 87 cases from Eastern, North-Western 54, Copperbelt 53, 33 cases from Southern province, Luapula 10, Northern Province 8, Muchinga 6 and 4 from Central province respectively bringing the cumulative number of confirmed cases recorded to date to 79,002.
Dr. Chanda regrets that the country also recorded seven deaths including three from the Copperbelt, North-Western two, Muchinga one and Northern Province one.
He added that cumulatively COVID-19 related deaths to date stands at 1, 098 noting that the deaths are classified as 599 COVID-19 deaths and 499 COVID-19 associated deaths.
“We have recorded a combined total of 589 recoveries from both the COVID-19 isolation facilities and home management, bringing the cumulative number of recoveries to 75,087. We currently have 2, 81 7 active cases, of whom 2,571 are under community management and 246 are https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm#inbox/FMfcgxwLsmbcSPrFwSpdmMTsgbHhVbjwadmitted to our COVID-19 isolation facilities,” he stated.
The Minister noted that among those hospitalised, 185 are on Oxygen therapy and 43 are in critical condition.
And Dr. Chanda indicated that the Ministry of Health is mindful of the need to heighten contact tracing activities to prevent further transmission of the pandemic despite a reduction in daily positivity rate.
“Even as we continue to observe a https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm#inbox/FMfcgxwLsmbcSPrFwSpdmMTsgbHhVbjwreduction in our daily positivity rate, we are cognizant of the need to heighten our contact tracing activities so as to break the chains of transmission, particularly in provinces that continue to record high numbers,” said the Minister.
He added that provincial teams have also heightened surveillance in light of the influx of grade 8 and 10 learners into schools this https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm#inbox/FMfcgxwLsmbcSPrFwSpdmMTsgbHhVbjwweek and schools being at capacity.
“We will continue to closely monitor schools and higher learning institutions so as to maintain a safe learning environment,” Dr. Chanda indicated.
The Minister stressed that his Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Education is set to ensure the wide dissemination of the integrated guidelines developed from consultative meetings