Authorities in Zambia on Wednesday gave residents of a border town which has become a COVID-19 epicenter of the country time to stock up essentials following a lockdown.

Nakonde district, situated in the northern part of the country, and a border area with Tanzania, has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases since last week, forcing the government to close the border and allow only vehicles carrying essential products.

A mass program of testing and screening is currently underway.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said during a daily update that the residents have been given Thursday and Friday to stock up supplies and that screening and testing will be temporarily halted during the two days.

Asked on whether the government will consider closing all border entries following an increase in number of truck drivers who tested positive, the Zambian minister said the government was cautious to ensure a balance between trade and public health.

Meanwhile, Zambia recorded five new cases following tests conducted in Lusaka in the last 24 hours.

Zambia has reported 446 cases, seven deaths and 124 recoveries. Enditem


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