Despite Zambia recording over 12,000 Covid-19 cases, 90% of the patients have recovered, the ministry of health has announced.

Speaking at the COVID-19 media briefing on Wednesday, Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya says even though the recovery rate is currently at 90%, citizens should not relax but report symptoms early to hospitals.

He says the country has discharged 15 patients in the last 24 hours.

Dr Chilufya also announced the first death recorded in Lundanzi district which happened in the community.

He says the country has also recorded two deaths, one at Levy Mwanawasa Isolation centre and the University Teaching hospital.

The Health minister says the country has recorded 34 new cases in the last 24 hours out of 729 tests done.

He says districts such as Chipata, Chirundu, Mbala, Mpika and Kabwe have also recorded new cases and now 71 districts have in the country have recorded COVID-19 cases countrywide.

He says 29 patients are currently admitted to Levy Mwanawasa, with 14 on oxygen and four in the intensive care unit and 12 patients are outside Lusaka, with seven  on oxygen support.

Zambia currently has 12,415 total cases,11,494 recoveries, and 292 deaths.

Reverend Peter Mwila from the Baptist fellowship, Libala congregation says churches must do its part for the country during such a time.

He has advised christians to adhere to health guidelines such as washing hands ,wearing masks, sanitizing and not believe faith will keep them safe from COVID-19.

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