17 people have succumbed to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health.
In a statement, Health Minister Dr. Jonas Chanda said the highest number of deaths have been recorded from the Copperbelt (five), with three in Luapula Province, three in Southern Province, two in Eastern Province, two in Lusaka, one in Muchinga Province and one in North Western Province.
Dr. Chanda expressed concern about poor adherence from citizens at super spreader events such as funerals, markets, shopping malls, markets and public transport.
He said the Ministry of Health conducted spot checks at schools today following the reopening and encouraged levels of adherence to health guidelines.
“The cumulative number of deaths now stands at 780, with 349 classified as covid deaths and 405 covid-associated deaths, and 26 deaths pending classification,” he said.
Dr. Chanda also added that the country has recorded 845 positive cases in the last 24 hours with Copperbelt recording 305 new cases, 248 in Lusaka, 104 in Southern Province, 60 in North-Western Province, 45 in Luapula Province, 28 in Central Province, 16 in Northern Province, 15 in Eastern Province, and six in Western Province, bringing the total number of cases to 55,042.
“There are encouraging signs of reduction in numbers of patients admitted in our health facilities but we should not let our guard down,” he said.
The Minister of Health further added that 1,394 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 49,494.
He stated that the country has 4,868 active cases with 430 (8.8%) admitted at isolation facilities countrywide and 293 patients on oxygen support, and 40 in critical condition.
Dr. Chanda reiterated that the virus is still with the public, is affecting people from various communities and has urged citizens not to let their guard down but adhere to health guidelines such as wearing face masks correctly, washing hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizer, and seeking medical attention early if they exhibit any symptoms.
Dr. Chanda encouraged the use of steaming, locally known as Ukufwitikila, along with Vitamin C, Zinc and other supplements.