Zambia’s COVID-19 cases surpass 10,000 mark

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Workers disinfect the Zambezi market in Lusaka, capital of Zambia, May 15, 2020. (Xinhua/Martin Mbangweta)
Workers disinfect the Zambezi market in Lusaka, capital of Zambia, May 15, 2020. (Xinhua/Martin Mbangweta)

Zambia’s confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday surpassed the 10,000 mark, signifying the continued surge in cases, the health ministry said.

According to figures released by the health ministry, the country recorded 237 new cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative cases to 10,218.

The new cases were picked from 845 tests conducted.

The country also recorded five new deaths, bringing the total deaths to 269 while 350 patients were discharged, bringing the total recoveries to 9,126.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the rising cases call upon every individual to play a crucial role in complying with laid down measures to combat the pandemic.

He further said overcrowding at workplaces has been discouraged, adding that employers should ensure that workers work on schedules in order to minimize the spread of the pandemic.

According to him, it was the desire of the government to ensure that wheels of the economy continue to run while averting a public health crisis that may overwhelm the care system.

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