Friday, April 19, 2024

Covid-19 cases continue to rise

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Zambia has in the last 24 hours recorded 825 new COVID – 19 cases out of over 10 000 tests. The figure represented an 8% positivity rate, one of the highest so far.

And Zambia recorded four COVID- 19 deaths all from Lusaka with a cumulative total of 1288 deaths so far. Zambia had so far recorded 92 320 recoveries cumulatively.

Health Permanent Secretary Kennedy Malama revealed that the latest figure brought to over 97 000 cumulative total of COVID- 19 patients. Dr. Malama said Zambia now had 66 out of the 116 districts affected by COVID – 19.

The Health Permanent Secretary urged leaders both from the ruling and the opposition to make drastic measures to avoid collapsing Zambia’s health security. Dr. Malama re-echoed the need to avoid gatherings that were super spreader events by resorting to virtual platforms or postponing certain events such as weddings and kitchen parties among others. He stated that the worsening cold season in Zambia would culminate in more COVID 19 cases.

The Health Expert explained that evidence existed globally that super spreader events led to more deaths. Dr. Malama praised Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) for putting off the annual show because of the Coronavirus pandemic. He urged universities and colleges to use virtual platforms or consult provincial health authorities on guidelines to avoid closure which could disturb learning.

Dr. Malama added that Government was engaging more stakeholders to postpone super spreader events. He said the pandemic period was not time to argue but help health staff to combat the Third Wave in order for them to stand and be counted as they did on First and Second Waves.

Dr. Malama noted that the battle against COVID 19 would be won at family and community levels through masking up, washing hands with soap or sanitizing and observing social distancing.

12 COMMENTS

  1. This was somehow expected in the colder months and we thank God that they’re only 2 of them in Zambia each year. Even then, I doubt if we shall see the health system collapsing and funeral parlours overwhelmed like in other countries. Any how, apart from hoping for a vaccine to break the wave, a proactive response is needed from all sides (leadership, citizenry and health workers), to find remedies suitable to the conditions of living in our part of the world.

  2. UPND is tempting fate by refusing to agree with what the Zambian scientists are telling the country. They are proving to be no different from Donald Trump who disagreed with scientists like Dr. Anthony Fauci that worsened the Covid-19 situation in the US.

  3. BECAUSE DOCTORS ARE ON STRIKE YOU TOOK THEIR MONEY AND PAID YOUR MUSICIANS. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CAMPAIGNS. HH FILES FOR NOMINATIONS SUDDENLY NUMBERS JUMPS FROM 0 TO 700 OVERNIGHT?
    LLUNGU TAKAPITE WHATEVER TRICKS YOU USE.

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  4. The BBC reports today about the situation of Covid-19 in Namibia:
    Namibia hospitals ‘running short of oxygen’
    Namibia’s state-run hospitals are “facing a critical shortage of life-saving oxygen” as the number of new coronavirus infections continue to rise, the Namibian newspaper reports. The country of 2.4 million people has seen nearly 100 people dying from the virus over the past two weeks, it adds. Namibia has one of the highest Covid death rates on the continent. According to government figures on Tuesday, 24 people were recorded to have died in a 24-hour period.

  5. Look at this puppet …busy trying to appease the lazy one in State House with cooked figures

  6. This is bad so no elections August 12th.

    Covid will die day Edgar will be declared eligible to be on ballot.

  7. BULL SH ITE >>>>>>>>>>>
    PF IS A DISGRACE TO THIS COUNTRY
    HOW DID WE ALLOW IT TO GET TO THIS ?????????????
    STILL 90% NO MASKS AND STILL THE PRESIDENT SILENT
    GET RID OF PF HIM PUT SOMEONE ELSE FORWARD THEN YOU WILL HAVE SOME SAY WHEN IN OPPOSITON

  8. This is not true. where are the same tests being conducted? Just because it election time you start cooking up figures, we have seen this before when people used to donate during the so-called first weva and the numbers started reducing when people stopped donating. If this is really true, let ministry of health move in and remove people in streets or setup testing post across central business. No matter how you are going to be used, if God has allowed for change of government nothing will stop that.

    Bambi mwambile limo nokuisundawila

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