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Please don’t whip people, found flouting the COVID-19 rules, President Lungu counsels

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says agencies entrusted to enforce the COVID-19 guidelines should refrain from abusing and harassing citizens found flouting the rules.
And  the President says measures he announced last year to stem the spread of COVID-19 are still in force and all citizens must comply, stating that if they do not, he will announce stringent measures to protect populations from the pandemic.
President Lungu said it is regrettable that enforcement officers have lately abused or humiliated citizens found flouting COVID- 19 guidelines.
He said enforcement officers can make citizens abide by the COVID-19 guidelines without necessarily harassing them.
President Lungu has, however, said the number of people that have contracted COVID-19 since the turn of the year and those who have died is of great concern.
He said there is correlation between the high numbers of cases and the relaxed observance of COVID-19 guidelines in the current spike.
“Arguably we dropped the guard. The COVID-19 guidelines I had announced last year as recommended by health experts were largely ignored and we forgot about the ‘New normal’ towards the end of 2020,” the President said.
President Lungu added that the festive season came with partying and overcrowding with little observance of the COVID-19 health guidelines.
“In September during my Address to Parliament, I partially reopened bars, taverns and nightclubs with serious caution that all covid-19 health guidelines are strictly adhered to. These outlets were to operate from 18:00 hours to 23:00 from Friday to Sunday.
“This was on a pilot basis and I said should there be any flouting of these public health guidelines, I will be left with no option but to close them again,” he said.
President Lungu said at no time did he allow the outlets to open daily but this is what is obtaining at the moment leading to the situation citizens are in.
The Head of State has since made a clarion call aligned to the Public Health Act CAP. 295 of the Laws of Zambia and COVID- 19 associated Statutory Instruments number 21, 22 and 62 of 2020.
He said the law demands that all citizens must wear masks and practice good hand hygiene when in public places and gatherings. Masks must be worn correctly if they are to provide the intended protection.
President said the statutory further requires that all public facilities and hosts of public gatherings must ensure provision of hand washing facilities or alcohol-based hand sanitisers and enforce the use of masks in these facilities.
He said the local authorities should facilitate disinfection of conveyances and public places including markets, bus stops and stations, shopping malls, places of worship, schools and office places.
“The owners of the public vehicles are directed to ensure passengers wear masks and are provided with hand hygiene facilities before embarking onto the vehicles. Drivers flouting the rules will have their licences revoked,” he said.
He also reiterated that enforcement of public health measures in bars must be in place; the conditions for opening bars must be adhered to. Failure to adhere to these measures may lead to the withdrawal of trading and liquor licences.
The President also said all leaders, be it traditional, religious, political, or civil are called upon to lead their followers in adherence to public health measures.
The President said failure to follow these guidelines will invite stringent measures to curb the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.
He further directed the Ministry of Local Government, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Ministry of Health to ensure bar, tavern and nightclub owners and patrons strictly observe the opening days and hours, and the public health regulations, guidelines and certifications.

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UNZA delays re-opening date for School of Medicine by two weeks

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THE University of Zambia has rescheduled the opening date for the School of Medicine to two weeks.
In a statement issued, UNZA spokesperson Dr. Brenda Bukowa said the decision follows consultations with relevant authorities.
“The University of Zambia Management would like to announce that the sessional date for School of Medicine at Ridgeway Campus that was scheduled to commence today, Monday, January 18, 2021 has been rescheduled and will now commence on February 1, 2021,” She said.
Dr Bukowa further added that decision has been arrived at following Republican President, Edgar Lungu’s guidance and in response to the rising COVID-19 morbidity and mortality rates, that schools be delayed in re-opening by two weeks.
“Please note that this decision will be reviewed in due course as Management of the University of Zambia (UNZA) monitors the COVID-19 situation in the country,” Dr Bukowa said.

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Bishop of Monze, Moses Hamungole interred

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BISHOP of Monze, Moses Hamungole has been put to rest at Monze’s Diocese of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ today.

The Bishop died on the 13th of January at Levy Mwanawasa hospital after succumbing to COVID-19.

Byta FMs Brian Hantuba reports from Monze that speaking at the burial, Southern Province Permanent Secretary Liomba Mwangala said the death of the Bishop is a loss for the region as a family.

He highlighted that the late Bishop was a man who preached nothing but peace and development without being political.

Mwangala encouraged other members of the clergy to emulate the conduct of the faith leader.

Parish Chairperson Teddy Michelo bemoaned the loss of the Bishop, saying the church is lost without his leadership.

He added that the situation has worsened by the fact that the church has not mourned together as a family because of COVID-19 restrictions on gathering.

Parish Priest Deogratious Kaundula thanked Monze Mission and Levy Mwanawasa Hospitals for their efforts in treating the Bishop.

He quoted one of the Bishop’s last sermons that encourages Christians to call on God during challenging times.

(Source: Byta FM)

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Covid-19 Claims the life of Bwalya Mwanza

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FIRST-born Daughter to the late Regina Chifunda-Chiluba, Bwalya, has passed on.

Bwalya died at Levy Mwanawasa Teaching Hospital on Friday night when relatives rushed her to the Covid-19 Treatment and Isolation Centre.

Bwalya was earlier diagnosed with Covid-19 and was isolated and treated at home until last night.

The news of Bwalya’s passing was announced by her father, Mr. Ed Mwanza.

Bwalya’s mother and widow of Zambia’s Second President Dr. Frederick Chiluba, Regina, died in February 2017 after her battle with cancer.

And another son to Regina, Mando Mwanza died in September 2018.

May Her Soul Rest In Eternal Peace

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

27 Jan 2021, 10:40 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

47,622 Total Cases
672 Deaths
40,362 Recovered

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