President Lungu urges Zambians to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions

Students study while observing social distancing guidelines in a classroom at Ng’ombe Parent-Teacher Association School in Lusaka, capital of Zambia, June 1, 2020. (Xinhua/Martin Mbangweta)

Zambian President Edgar Lungu urged citizens in the country to adapt to the regulations put in place in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Lungu said the measures are meant to stay for the long run, saying the disease had influenced the way the entire world will live moving forward.

He noted that people could not stop working completely without definite knowledge as to when the coronavirus might stop being a threat to their lives.

“We have a duty to adapt and learn to live with this pandemic,” he said when he commissioned newly-constructed houses for police officers in southern Zambia’s Monze district, according to a statement emailed to Xinhua.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, the Zambian government in March imposed restrictive measures which saw only essential workers reporting for work while others were told to be operating from home.

The government also closed three of the country’s four international airports to curb a rise in cases.

However, the Zambian leader reopened the three airports last month as well as eased certain restrictions, saying there was need to balance between the health of people and the economy.

Zambia has so far reported cumulative cases of 1,642 and 30 deaths.