COVID-19 CASES A CONCERN

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IT is disturbing that despite the warnings and measures put in place to curb infections, Covid-19 cases are on the rise.

Government says it is concerned with the continued surge in Covid-19 cases with 186 cases recorded of the 7,594 tests conducted in the last 24hrs.

Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Kennedy Malama says the country has in the last four days recorded above 100 cases.

“We saw 31 districts reporting cases in the last 24 hours, with the majority of the cases coming from Lusaka (99), Kitwe (19), Chibombo (9), Chilanga (6), and Kabwe (5). The remaining 26 districts recorded fewer than 5 new cases each,” the Permanent Secretary stated.

The cumulative number of doses of Covid-19 vaccines administered stands at 134,832 for both AstraZeneca and Sinopharm.

“The threat of the third wave in Zambia is becoming more imminent. To avert a further upsurge, we urge you to adhere to the prescribed Covid-19 prevention public health measures,” Dr Malama said.

Countries such as India are dealing with an out of control spike of infections and death, with South Africa also seeing a rise in their coronavirus numbers.

On the one hand, voluntary vaccination has been impressive but compliance to Covid-19 public health guidelines remains low.

With the cold season now here, it is imperative that we protect ourselves from the spread of the Coronavirus.

The threat by Doctors to commence a go slow is another concern that we should bear in mind as we continue to fight Covid-19.

It is up to individuals to prevent the spread of the virus, essentially avoiding going out in public, waering a mask when in public, maintaining social distance, covering up coughs and sanitizing hands can make a difference.

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