The Zambian government on Thursday expressed optimism that the country will bring the COVID-19 situation under control.
Kennedy Malama, Permanent Secretary in charge of Technical Services in the Ministry of Health said the multisectoral approach being undertaken to tackle the pandemic will soon yield positive results.
He however said this will require the participation of all stakeholders and commended citizens who have made decisions to adhere to public health and social directives and interventions including vaccination.
“Your decision is what is making possible for us as a country to begin seeing some glimpse of hope. Though we still have a lot of work to do, we urge you on,” he said in a statement on the COVID-19 situation in the country which has seen increased cases and deaths during the third wave.
He expressed concern that while there has been a general adherence to the preventive guidelines, some nightclubs and casino owners have continued challenging the law with impunity.
According to him, the country has seen a reduction in the number of active cases from a high of 22,867 on June 24 to 15,681.
He further said there have been reductions in daily admissions to isolation facilities from 259 on June 22 to 160 recorded in the last 24 hours.
He however said the overall positivity which remains over 20 percent was still high and above the recommended level of five percent.
The country’s cumulative cases currently stands at 170,456 following 1,453 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours.
The country recorded 54 new deaths and 2,682 recoveries during the same period bringing the total deaths and recoveries to 2,672 and 152,103 respectively. Enditem