Zambia Covid-19 cases rise to 45 as ex-Zanaco boss transmits coronavirus to daughter before dying

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Zambia has recorded two new cases of the COVID-19 bringing the the cumulative cases to 45.

This means the country has 11 active cases, two deaths and recoveries at 32.

Speaking during the Covid -19 update in Lusaka today, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said the cases are out of the 1-hundred and 23 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.

Dr. Chilufya said the cases are the wife of the Makeni man who tested positive and the daughter of the fiancée to the deceased 58-year-old man of Kafue.

He said the rapid response team is mapping Kafue, and testing everyone in the mapped area, disinfection of the zone and advised all the residents to stay home.

The Kafue man’s Covid-19 death has brought panic to the city. Banks and parastatals such as Zanaco and Napsa have already closed their Kafue branches. Although Dr Chilufya is urging Kafue residents not to panic but is urging them to follow President Lungu’s covid-19 measures, however no one is having any of it. Partly it is because the minister’s claims are not always coming out true.

Over the weekend the health minister reported the Kafue deceased covid-19 casualty was not a ZANACO employee as he retired from his post at the bank two years ago and was not in direct contact with anyone at the bank.

“Let us remember that the client in question left ZANACO more than two years ago. He retired from Zanaco more than two years ago. The person that went to the bank is not him, it is the daughter who went to the bank for a very short period of time,” he said, before proceeding to claim that the man’s daughter had tested negative for coronavirus and that she is the one who went to Zanaco bank and not the deceased himself.

“This daughter is one of the people that we tested and she is negative. We will be conservative on the data that we release based on what is palatable for the public to preserve certain rights of the client in his death and the family. Even the lady who visited the bank has her own matrix of contacts which we have been following up and we will continue to follow up,” Dr Chilufya said.

Meanwhile, Dr Chilufya has stressed that there is no need for those who have been exposed to the deadly disease which has killed more than 110,000 people worldwide within 4 months to go into hiding because there is no punishment.

Yesterday, Zambia recorded 3 More covid-19 cases and 2 of the cases went into hiding after suspecting that they could have contracted the killer disease.

“The first case involves a 58 year old man of Makeni who is a contact to a confirmed case that travelled from Pakistan in March 2020. The second case is his 13 year old daughter. The third case involves a 41 year old female who is a primary contact to the deceased patient of 8th April 2020” – Dr Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health #23rd COVID-19 Update.

These two Makeni patients are among the people we have had difficulties in accessing during contact tracing as the family went into hiding. They ignored calls from the contact tracers and kept themselves locked up in their home while pretending to be out of town.

Through forceful measures, and in line with the Public Health Act CAP. 295, the vigilant rapid response team managed to get access to them for screening and testing. They have since been admitted to the isolation center and all their contacts are being traced.


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