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Coronavirus: Bars and Night Clubs Restricted to Takeaway Only

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BARS and Night Clubs in Lusaka will, with immediate effect, start operating on take away basis to avert the escalating numbers of COVID- 19.
The new measures will last for the initial period of 14 days subject to review.
Lusaka City Council public relations manager George Sichimba said the agreement was reached at during the meeting between LCC officials and the Bars and Night Club Owners Association of Zambia held at Civic Centre today
He said bars will be operating on take away basis on the days and times as  guided by the President of the Republic of Zambia Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
“As opposed to the total closure of bars, the meeting settled for  operating on take away basis to allow operators clear the old stock.
Announcing the new  measures, Lusaka Deputy Mayor, Christopher Shakafuswa, warned that any Bar and Night Club owners who will fail to comply with the new measures risk their licences  being revoked,” Mr Sichimba said.
He also said the Council has suspended all social gatherings for the next 14 days with immediate effect.
“This means that no permit for social gatherings such as weddings, Chilanga Mulilo, Kitchen parties and Matebeto among others shall be issued.Funeral gatherings have been restricted to only 50 close  family members of the family.
Mr Shakafuswa also discouraged  religious and political gatherings and devise other ways of reaching out to their members,” he said.
Mr Sichimba said the Deputy Mayor urged authorities in markets and bus stations to ensure that commuters and traders adhere to COVID-19 guidelines at all times.
He said Mr Shakafuswa extended the call to vendors, adding that failure to do so may force the local authority to take other drastic measures.
And Bars and Night Clubs Owners Association of Zambia president, Peter Mwale said his association pledges total support to new measures put in place by the local authority.
Mr Mwale said his association will not side with any members that will fail to comply because the measures are aimed at protecting both workers and patrons from contracting the disease.
According to the Ministry of Health daily COVID -19 update for 6th January 2021, the country recorded 850 new confirmed cases in the last 24 hours with Lusaka leading with 448 cases.
Mr Sichimba said the statistics for Lusaka are worrying hence the need for the local authority to take action.
“Members of the Public in Lusaka are generally advised to strictly follow all COVID-19 guidelines to stop the rapid spread of the disease,” he said.

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Vehicles in Zambia increased to 853,909, RTSA, Police say

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INFORMATION obtained from Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has revealed that the number of vehicle in the country has increased to 853,909.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said last year a total number of 31,027 vehicles were imported and registered in the country.
“According to data obtained from RTSA a cumulative motor vehicle volume has increased to 853,909,” she said.
She further said despite, the increase in motor vehicle volume, the country has recorded a reduction in road carnage and this can be attributed to increased compliance levels.
Mrs Katongo said the joint operations between the Zambia Police Service and Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) during festive seasons and long holidays have also helped to reduce road traffic accidents.
“Police will continue working in collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure the safety of the general public on roads. This will be done through community awareness programs and Law enforcement which includes intensified patrols on public roads,” Mrs Katongo said.

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Zambia allocated 8.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines 

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ZAMBIA has been allocated 8.7million doses of Covid-19 vaccines under a facility being pioneered by the Africa Union.

Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union, His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba announced the development.

He said the initiative is being done under the COVID-19 African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) a platform which has been created to ensure that upto 60% of Africa’s population were vaccinated against the Coronavirus by December 2021.

He said AVATT was created by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairperson of the African Union, in November 2020.

He said  AVATT has been mandated to secure the necessary vaccines and blended financing resources for achieving Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy which targets vaccinating a minimum of 60 per cent of Africa’s population.

Mr. Mwamba said AVATT’s efforts are focused on; securing enough safe and efficacious vaccine doses to vaccinate at least 60 per cent of the African population, estimating the funding needs for vaccine procurement and delivery and creating the financing mechanisms required to ensure that all African Union Member States can access and receive the vaccine doses they need to reach a minimum of 60 per cent immunisation.

He said under the mechanism, the vaccines are being sourced from Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, and AstraZeneca.

Pfizer and Johnsons &Johnsons are among the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, while AstraZeneca PLC is a British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical.

He said a finance facility has been created under the AVATT- the Advance Procurement Commitment (APC) Facility to be backed by African Import and Export Bank (Afreximbank).

He said this mechanism aims at ensuring Africa’s access to the COVID-19 vaccines from no later than April 2021, by providing assurance to identified vaccine manufacturers that vaccine orders placed through the African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), are firm and will be paid for as may be agreed.

APC aims to guarantee Africa’s access to of COVID-19 vaccines in a manner that reduces the fiscal burden on member countries.

The mechanism will also ensure a timely, equitable and cost-effective availability of COVID-19 vaccine supplies within the African continent and by so doing, mitigate the protracted financial and socio-economic costs of the COVID-19.

This is also to provide a credible platform around which a blend of funding can be attached to

support Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine procurement requirements.

The Task Team has provisionally secured 270 million vaccine doses for  Africa for the critical period from April to December 2021.

He said Zambia’s allocation may rise to 25million doses by December 2021.

These vaccine doses, which are in addition to the expected COVAX doses, will be distributed through the African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP).

The candidates and related quantities are; 50 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 100million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, through the Serum Institute of India and 120 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (upon satisfactory conclusion of phase III trials).

He said the vaccines will obtain prior approval by AVATT on the recommendation of the Africa-CDC.

Africa CDC will approve the vaccines having considered the necessary conditions, efficacy including vaccines which have been trialed in Africa and safety.

Mr. Mwamba said the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) was briefed of the progress that has been made to ensure that member states began to receive the vaccines from March- April 2021.

This is according to issued by Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza  First Secretary (Press&Tourism), Addis Ababa,Ethiopia

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President Edgar Lungu mourns Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Sibusiso Moyo

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has expressed sorrow on the death of Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Sibusiso Moyo.
He said the people of the Republic of Zambia are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Dr Sibusiso Moyo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
“On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Zambia, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency, the Sibusiso Family and our dear brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe,” the President said.
In a message of condolences to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, President Lungu said Zimbabwe has lost a dedicated public servant, who made enormous contributions to Zimbabwe and the Southern Africa Development Community region as a whole.
The President said Zambia will forever cherish the brotherly traditional friendship that it shared with Dr Sibusiso, which further cemented already existing strong relations between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
“While we pray that the Almighty God grants us all fortitude with which to bear this loss. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” reads part of the President’s message.
This is according to a statement issued by special assistant to the President for press and public relations, Isaac Chipampe.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

25 Jan 2021, 12:41 PM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

46,146 Total Cases
660 Deaths
38,639 Recovered

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