Zambian president calls for collaborative action to tackle COVID-19

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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)

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Sunday called for collaborative action to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic as the country has started seeing an increase in cases in the second wave of the disease.

The Zambian president said COVID-19 was real and could only be defeated when all stakeholders acted together.

According to him, strict adherence to prescribed public health regulations was vital if the current outbreak was to be contained.

Zambia has been hit by the second wave of the pandemic, resulting in increased cases.

Reports in local media indicate that the country’s main isolation center in Lusaka, the country’s capital was at full capacity.

The Zambian president warned recently that the government will be forced to introduce tough measures in order to contain the pandemic if people continued disregarding preventive health guidelines.

Meanwhile, Zambia health authorities on Monday reported 411 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, as the total number of confirmed cases in the country hit 21,993.

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