Zambia records highest COVID-19 cases, deaths

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Zambia on Sunday said that in the last 24 hours it had recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases, new admissions and deaths ever recorded in the country, local publication Lusaka Times reported.

According to the report, Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Technical Services Dr. Kennedy Malama said in a statement that the situation is an indication that COVID 19 transmissions are still taking place at the household, community, and institutional levels countrywide.

He attributed to the rise in cases due to general laxity in adhering to the p

ublic health measures with congregate settings and super spreader activities still fueling the situation.

“We are aware that some of those testing positive may have contracted the infection days to a few weeks ago but the general observation of behaviors at funerals, markets, public transport, and in communities leaves much to be desired,” he said.

The country recorded 2,060 new confirmed COVID-19 cases out of 8,278 tests conducted representing a 25% positivity rate.

“Sadly, in the last 24 hours, we recorded a record high in mortality, having recorded Forty-Nine (49) new deaths.” Dr Malama said.

The death toll in the country from COVID-19 related deaths currently stands as 1,644.

He said that currently there are 19,087 active cases, of whom 18,104 (95%) are under community management and 983 (5%) are admitted to COVID-19 isolation facilities and that among those currently under admission, 665 (68%) are on Oxygen therapy and 145 (15%) are in critical condition.