The Ministry of Health has announced that Zambia has recorded 148 positive COVID-19 cases from primary and secondary schools in 20 districts, within nine provinces countrywide, but did not specify the time period in which they were recorded.
Despite this, Permanent Secretary for Technical Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Kennedy Malama has reassured parents that their children are safe, even as they attend school.
Speaking at the COVID-19 update on Wednesday, Dr. Malama also announced that the Ministry will update members of the public about the statistics in higher learning institutions such as universities and colleges soon.
He went on to say that the country recorded 163 total cases from the last 7 days, and 335 recoveries.
Dr. Malama said that eight patients are currently admitted at isolation centers with seven at Levy Mwanawasa Teaching Hospital, and one on oxygen support, while Central province and the Copperbelt have one patient each.
He further stated that the pandemic is under control in Livingstone, thanks to a rapid response team that was sent out by the Ministry after the town was declared an epicentre two weeks ago.
The Permanent Secretary for Technical Services also announced that country has recorded 35 new cases recorded out of 5,412 tests done in the last 24 hours, 27 recoveries and no new deaths.
Director Infectious Diseases Professor Lloyd Mulenga ,said that no patient has died after going to the post-recovery COVID-19 clinic to receive treatment.
He added that the response has been good so far, but many patients are reporting complications which are respiratory in nature.
Professor Mulenga said that no reinfections have been reported in the last one week from patients who recovered from the disease.
According to the covid-19 dashboard, Zambia has recorded 30 new cases out of 6,796 tests done, and currently has 271 active cases, 16 recoveries and no new deaths in the last 24 hours.