Health official says COVID-19 can affect anyone

Health minister says the easying of coronavirus restrictions in the country is as a result of reduced number of Covid-19 positive cases in the last three weeks.

President Edgar Lungu allowed schools to reopen and the bars to operate from Friday to Sunday between 18hrs and 23hrs during the state of the nation address to parliament on Thursday, 11th September 2020.

Dr Chilufya says the country has recorded 143 new cases from 1,390 tests done in the last 24 hours on Saturday.

He says six deaths from the community have been recorded.

There are 48 patients are currently admitted to isolation centres across the country, with 25 at Levy Mwanawasa isolation centre, the Minister says. In addition he said 10 patients are on oxygen support and three are in intensive care unit.

The other 23 patients are admitted in various isolation centres in country were five are on oxygen.

Dr Chilufya says 108 patents have been discharged form various isolation centres.

The number of cases in the country is 13,466, 312 deaths and 12,007 recoveries.

And director of infectious diseases hospitals Professor Llyod Mulenga says the virus does not spare anyone, including those aged between 35 and 39.

Pof Mulenga says in the beginning many patients who were infected with the virus were much older, but the ministry has observed that the age group has reduced to middle- aged citizens.

He says people in the above age group are often in social events, such as bars, so they must ensure that they adhere to health guidelines to keep themselves safe from the virus.

Prof. Mulenga says the large number of brought in dead cases shows that infections are high in communities.

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