In the last 24 hours Zambia has recorded 1,420 cases out of 10,082 tests done, according to the Ministry of Health, showing a 14% positivity rate.
In a ministerial statement, Minister of Health Dr. Jonas Chanda said: “Of concern is the growing number of cases – the Copperbelt province is becoming an epicentre. Our teams on the ground are working around the clock to arrest this situation promptly.”
Dr. Chanda also stated that 16 people have succumbed to the virus, with Copperbelt recording seven deaths, Lusaka three, Luapaula one, Muchinga Province one, North Western Province one, Northern Province one, Western Province one, and Southern Province one, bringing the total death toll to 828 – with 328 classified as covid-19 deaths, 419 as associated deaths, while 31 are pending classification.
He further stated that 740 patients have been discharged form isolation and community management bringing the total number of recoveries to 52,045.
The Health Minister also said the country has 7,554 active cases with 7,145 active cases under community management while 409 are admitted isolation facilities countrywide, with 285 on oxygen support and 37 in critical condition.
“As we continue with our technical discussions on the covid-19 vaccine, we continue to engage with teams of experts from the region and internationally for experience sharing, best practices and lessons learnt in their vaccine acquisition and deployments efforts. As I have stated, the covid vaccine issue is very important and will be tabled in Parliament,” he said.

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