FIVE new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative number to 57, Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya has said and that 3 patients have been discharged bringing the number of recoveries to 33, with 17 active cases and 2 deaths.
Five of 124 tests done in the last 24 hours are positive.
1. Female 37 years – Kafue – Shikoswe.
2. Male 36 years – Kafue – Shikoswe.
3. Male 8 years – Kafue – Nangongwe.
4. Male 54 years – Kafue – Nangongwe.
5. Female 56 years – Kafue – East.
Dr. Chilufya said that the 5 new cases, which include an 8-year-old boy, were recorded from a total of 124 tests done from the operation that was conducted during a lockdown in Kafue.
Dr. Chilufya has disclosed that investigations have since been constituted to establish all traces and contacts of all positive cases.
Speaking at the latest COVID-19 update Saturday afternoon, Dr. Chilufya disclosed that the 5 cases involve a 37-year-old female from Shikoswe, Male 36 years from Shikoswe, Male 8 years from Nangongwe, male 54 years from Nangongwe and a 56-year-old female from Kafue East.
Dr. Chilufya who said the mass screening and targeted testing in Kafue will continue into the weekend and further said specific screening will also be conducted in Lusaka following reported cases in Marapodi, Makeni and Chilenje hospital and it being an epicenter.
“Our success will depend on our collective commitment. With poor discipline cases can flare up, ” Dr. Chilufya said as he reiterated that the mandatory wearing of masks should be adhered to in order to reduce new transmissions.
He further said 8,534 cases in total have been tested and 2,435 people have been released from the 14-day mandatory quarantine.
“Let’s stay at home. the story of the Marapodi family gives you the reason to stay home. Let us avoid unnecessary family to family visits” Dr Chilufya emphasized.
He pleaded with all Zambians to comply with all the measures put in place and said these are “strange times” which requires resilience to protect each other from the pandemic.
He said everyone should all join hands with President Edgar Lungu to ensure that moral discipline and personal responsibility take precedence and sacrifice now for a better tomorrow and a COVID-19 free country.