Medical Doctor among COVID-19 patients as cases rise to 36 in Zambia

Written by on April 1, 2020

A medical Doctor is among the 36 people that have tested positive for COVID-19 in Zambia becoming the first case of its kind since the country recorded its first two cases  on 18th March 2020.

Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya has announced today that Zambia has in the last 24 hours recorded one more case of COVID-19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 36.

Speaking during the Council of Ministers Meeting Chaired by Vice President Inonge Wina via teleconference, Dr Chilufya said the new case involves a 65-year-old male with history of travel to Pakistan who returned to the country on 24th March 2020.

And Dr Chilufya announced that Zambia has high profile cases involving Permanent Secretaries and other higher-ranking officials.

He explained that of the 36 cases Zambia has recorded, 25 are part of people that traveled to Pakistan and Iran, nine involve victims that came into contact with travelers while two involve people that travelled to France.

And Dr Chilufya has named Emmasdale, Jack Compound, Chaisa, Eureka area in Lilayi and Ibex Hill as risk areas that government has dotted to prevent person to person transmission cycle.

Dr Chilufya disclosed that among the locally transmitted cases, one involves a driver from Jack Compound, another, a maid from Chaisa while the other involves a medical doctor who is of Asian origin and has been in contact with those that came from Pakistan.

Speaking earlier, Vice President Inonge Wina says the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country particularly in Lusaka require a new strategy and sustained efforts from all stakeholders.

Mrs. Wina said the Council of Ministers therefore expects key recommendations from a Committee of Permanent Secretaries through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit.

She said the country is facing an enemy in COVID-19 hence the need to tighten measures to stop the spread of the pandemic.

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