Zambian government may suspend public gatherings to curtail spread of COVID-19

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Local people participate in a march to mark the International Labor Day in Lusaka, Zambia, May 1, 2018. Zambia on Tuesday joined the rest of the world in commemorating Labor Day with a grand ceremony held in Lusaka, the country's capital. (Xinhua/Peng Lijun) (srb)
Local people participate in a march to mark the International Labor Day in Lusaka, Zambia, May 1, 2018. Zambia on Tuesday joined the rest of the world in commemorating Labor Day with a grand ceremony held in Lusaka, the country's capital. (Xinhua/Peng Lijun) (srb)

The Zambian government on Sunday said it may suspend public gatherings if people continue to disregard COVID-19 preventive guidelines in order to halt the spread.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said it is unfortunate that the people have continued to disregard the preventive guidelines such as social distancing, a move that is fueling an increase in cases.

In remarks delivered during a COVID-19 daily update, the Zambian minister said the government has continued to emphasize the need to comply with guidelines during social gatherings which unfortunately are not being adhered to.

“COVID-19 remains a glimmering reality in Zambia as we continue to see new cases every day in our health facilities and communities. We continue to see new districts being added to COVID-19 affected districts,” he said.

The country recorded 157 new COVID-19 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours out of 1,069 tests conducted. This brought the cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases to 9,343.

About 347 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, bringing the total recoveries to 8,412 while the totals deaths stood at 260. Enditem

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