President Edgar Lungu has ordered a complete lockdown of Kafue and has halted movements of people in and out of the district with effect from tomorrow 15 April 2020.
This follows the declaration of the district as a hotspot for Coronavirus infections after 3 cases were recorded out of which one was a fatality.
Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya says the President has invoked the public health act in order to ensure avoidance of escalation of new cases in the district.
Speaking at the COVID-19 latest update this afternoon, Dr. Chilufya who announced that Zambia has not recorded any positive COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours said massive screening and disinfection will commence and be done in the district starting from tomorrow.
Dr Chilufya has since urged Kafue residents to cooperate with authorities as they conduct various interventions such as screening and disinfecting in the area to ensure that the new infections are contained and further advised them to stay home.
“This is not punitive for the people of Kafue but to do everything possible to contain new cases within the district before it escalates to other potential areas” Dr. Chilufya assured.
Yesterday Dr Chilufya 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.
He said since Zambia did not record any new case today, cumulatively the numbers remain the same at 45 cases,30 recoveries, 2 deaths as well as 13 active cases while 250 people have been discharged from the mandatory 14 days quarantine.
He said the patriotism from all stakeholders is appreciated and should continue and that president Edgar Lungu appreciates all such efforts.
Dr Chilufya emphasized the need to follow strictly what has been guided by the President and corporate with government and health authorities in combatting the virus successfully.