Zambia warns of third wave of COVID-19

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The Zambian government said on Friday that a rise in daily COVID-19 cases seen in recent days could signal the start of a third wave.

The country has seen an increase in daily cases in recent days after seeing a dip in recent months.

The country recorded 166 new cases in the last 24 hours increasing the daily positivity rate to 2.6 percent from 1.5 percent recorded the previous day.

“This evolution is very concerning as this may signify the beginning of a third wave,” Kennedy Malama, Permanent Secretary in Charge of Technical Services in the Ministry of Health said in a release.

The government, he said, was concerned that the surge in the cases was being propelled by the cold weather, laxity in adhering to public health measures and the emerging campaign activities ahead of the August 12 general elections.

The variants of concern we are detecting add further risk to our health security, he added.

He has since urged citizens to adhere to strict prescribed health preventive measures in order to avert the sudden upsurge.

The country’s cumulative cases now stand at 92,920 while total recoveries stand at 91,019 following 64 new discharges in the last 24 hours.

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