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CORONAVIRUS: THE WORST IS YET TO COME – MINISTRY OF HEALTH HAS WARNED

Despite the country recording a single day surge of over 500 coronavirus cases in July, the country is yet to reach its peak, the Ministry of Health has warned.

Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya said at a COVID-19 media briefing on Friday that the country has recorded three more deaths, one from the community and two at Ndola and Lusaka health facilities.

Dr Chilufya said 389 frontline health workers have been infected since the virus outbreak and many of them have recovered, with few still isolations and no deaths.

He said government is concerned with the increase in the number of new cases in remote areas of the country and that no province has been spared as he announced a further 255 out of 1,486 tests done, taking the total infections to 10,627.

Dr Chilufya said 57 patients are admitted to Levy Mwanawasa isolation centre and 37 are on oxygen, with three in intensive care.

The minister added that the country has discharged 197 patients, bringing the total to 9,437.

And director of the Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI), Professor Victor Mukonka said despite the country registering the biggest surge in cases in July with over 500, the country is yet to reach its peak.

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