By Precious Lyatumba and Malikana Mulele,

Barely a few days after the Minister of Health, Dr Chitalu Chilufya predicted COVID-19 deaths of over a thousand by August this year, he has made another revelation that the country does not have capacity to conduct mandatory testing.

Speaking during the daily COVID-19 briefing, Dr Chilufya explained that current logistics in his ministry do not allow the country to conduct mandatory testing.

The Minister was saying all this at the time the country recorded six more deaths bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 134.

Dr Chilufya said out of the six deaths recorded, five were brought in dead at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, while the other was death recorded at Kalulushi General Hospital on the Copperbelt.

He said the country has recorded 206 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The Minister also announced that 18 patients are currently on oxygen and two are in a critical condition.

He said poor compliance to medication could expose patients who have chronic conditions such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and Malaria.

Dr Chilufya said if member of the public comply to health guidelines,  the virus could go away in about two months.

He further said there has been an unprecedented spike of cases in most parts of the country.

Zambia now has 3,779 virus cases on the day that 11 patients were discharged, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,688.

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