Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya says contrary to what some people are saying, Covid-19 measures will not be relaxed despite the change of weather.

Speaking during a media briefing at Kasumbalesa on Thursday, a Copperbelt town bordering Democratic Republic, Dr Chilufya said the measures will actually be accelerated.

He thanked frontline workers at border posts for their boldness, coordination and hard work in fighting Covid-19 and pledged his ministry’s support to the fight.

He said border towns, being points of entry have continued to record positive cases and surveillance has continued in those places.

Dr Chilufya said Chililambombwe and Nakonde border towns have both recorded 254 and 815 cases respectively since the outbreak of the pandemic in March this year.

He said many citizens are likely to be infected with the virus and exhibit mild or no symptoms and spread the disease to others in the community. To counter that, the ministry will strengthen surveillance countrywide to ensure that cases with mild symptoms are detected to disrupt community transmission, he says.

The Minister announced 102 new cases from the 1,391 tests done in nine districts in the last 24 hours.

He says 49 patients are admitted at isolation facilities with 20 on oxygen support and 10 in intensive care unit.

Meanwhile Zambia National Public Health Institute Director, Professor Victor Mukonka who was in the company of the minster said government will ensure that employees who work at point of entry kept safe from the virus.

And Copperbelt Provincial Minister, Japhen Mwakalombe directed local authorities in the province to continue sensitisation programs that are being carried out.

He also advised citizens not to leave the fight against Covid-19 to the ministry of health alone.

Zambia has now recorded 13,214, with 11,899 recoveries and 300 deaths.

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