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DR CHILUFYA HAS URGED ZAMBIANS NOT TO RELAX COVID-19 MEASURES

Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya has advised Zambians not to stop adhering to COVID-19 measures despite the country recording a reduction in the last few weeks.
Speaking during the Covid-19 media briefing on Friday, Dr Chilufya encouraged citizens to always observe health guidelines such as wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing, avoiding non-essential travels and going to a health facility if they develop any symptoms.
He has warned citizens that if health guidelines are not adhered to the country will see a rise in cases as was noted in July and August.
The Minister also said the number of patients who are infected and in admission have reduced in Lusaka and countrywide.
The US government has donated equipment worth K10.9 million to help in the fight against Covid-19.
Charge D’affaires David Young said the equipment donated will help detect diseases such as Ebola quickly and improve the country’s laboratory capacity.
Dr Chilufya expressed gratitude for the support which will help the country conduct more tests.
And head of clinical care and diagnostics, Dr Alex Makupe said the donated equipment is critical because it will help citizens to be in admission for a short period and will improve testing capacity.
He announced that the country has recorded 28 positive virus cases in the last 24 hours out of 1,323 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.
21 patients are currently admitted in various isolation centres countrywide with seven on oxygen support in the Copperbelt, Lusaka, Southern province and Luapula.
The country has a total of 14,830 cases, 13,980 recoveries and 333 deaths.

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