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Zambia crosses the 100,000 mark for cumulatively confirmed COVID-19 cases

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ZAMBIA has crossed the 100,000 mark for cumulatively confirmed COVID-19 cases.

And the country has in the last 24 hours recorded 738 new confirmed cases out of 6,987 tests conducted bringing the cumulative number of confirmed cases recorded to date to 100,278.

Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Kennedy Malama said  five new deaths have  been recorded in the last 24 hours.

He said all the deaths were reported from Lusaka with four classified as COVID-19 associated deaths, while one was classified as a COVID-19 death.

 “Any life lost is a life we cannot bring back – a child, a parent, a sibling, a grandparent. In the past one week we have been losing on average 5 people per day.We have equally seen an increase in the number of critical cases in our health facilities.It is therefore imperative that we strengthen our community interventions if we are to bring the situation under control.

To respond effectively we are increasing our hospital capacity in order to meet the demand, and we are providing support and technical assistance to the provinces,” Dr Malama said.

He said the ministry  has deployed infectious disease specialists to support teams in the provinces as the country prepare for increased critical care management needs.

“We have also made progress towards finalising the recruitments of 766 health workers some of whom will be strategically placed in the COVID-19 facilities.We are determined to see this preparedness translated into practice. Furthermore, interventions are being undertaken to strengthen production and delivery of oxygen in our hospitals,” he said.

And Dr Malama said government remain concerned with increasing COVID 19 cases associated with super spreader events such as weddings, matebeto, spiritual and other social gatherings, institutional workshops, meetings including general meetings.

He called people to refrain from holding such activities at the time when the country is recording unprecedented high cases of COVID 19.

“In line with our nine-pillar strategy, the continuation of routine service is important in order to protect the health and wellbeing of our people. To ensure continuity of routine health services, we shall be conducting child health week throughout the country in the last week of June, scheduled to commence two days before the resumption of the second round of the AstraZeneca vaccination.

We have made headway in finalising the preparations the second round vaccinations and we are scheduled to redistribute the ring-fenced doses of AstraZeneca later in the week. All measures are in place to ensure that the second dose vaccination campaign is carried out seamlessly,” Dr Malama said.

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MoH stops mass COVID-19 testing as govt. fears it will run out of testing kits due to local and global demand

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GOVERNMENT has disclosed that it cannot cope with mass COVID-19 testing due to local and global demand of diagnostic test kits.

Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo says owing to increased community transmissions of the virus, her ministry has since revised testing criteria which  will only prioritise those with symptoms.

Speaking at a media briefing this morning, Ms Masebo said the move is a logical approach adding  that one in every three to four Zambians is infected, as such government cannot cope with mass test screening.

She said government will therefore prioritize testing individuals and grouping with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 such as individuals who are at risk of developing severe disease.

Ms Masebo said among those who will be prioritised are health care workers, those admitted in healthcare facilities with various ailments and symptomatic individuals in an institutionalised setting such  as prisons, boarding schools and training camps.

“We advise that if you are a contact to a known case or at risk of acquiring the disease but have no symptoms, you do not need to be tested but must observe enhanced prevention measures. If you develop symptoms at any point, please get to the health facility for examination and possible testing,” she said.

And the Minister has disclosed that in the last 24 hours the country has recorded 1,485 new COVID-19 cases out of 5,389 tests conducted countrywide, giving a national positivity of 28%.

She said five deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours, with two classified as COVID-19 deaths and three as COVID-19 associated deaths.

The Minister further said in the last 24 hours,a total 20,526 vaccine dose records which brings the total number of doses that have been administered to date to 1,941,928.

(Mwebantu, Monday, January 10th, 2022)

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Some priests on the Copperbelt province test positive to COVID-19 amid Christmas celebrations

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CATHOLIC Diocese of Ndola Bishop Benjamin Phiri has disclosed that some priests have tested positive to COVID-19.

Dr Phiri has since provided new guidelines ahead of Christmas celebrations amid the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

In his latest communication to perishes on the Copperbelt province, Bishop Phiri said Christmas vigil and Christmas day masses will go ahead with strict health measures in a well spaced environment.

He has urged priests to increase the number of masses to avoid overcrowding.

“At Parishes where Priests have been diagnosed with Covid-19, the church building must be fumigated immediately and repeatedly after each Mass celebration and a stand in Priest will be sent to help the sick one,” he said.

And the Bishop has cancelled all his visitation to parishes lined up during the Christmas period.

He said new arrangements will be made when the COVID-19 situation normalizes.

Bishop Phiri has further urged christians in the diocese to religiously follow guidelines on COVID-19 provided by the Ministry of Health.

Meanwhile, the Cathedral of the Child Jesus has cancelled the celebration of mass for two weeks after a number of parishioners tested positive to Covid-19.

Cathedral administrator Father Timothy Lubunda has told Mwebantu that all the offices will be closed has well as gatherings will not be allowed to take place.

“This has been a hard decision to make but our people’s health comes first as we serve our God,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 24th December, 2021)

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FAZ calls off Red Arrows Vs Indeni due to incidences of Covd-19 in the airmen’s camp

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THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ)  has postponed the Week 17 MTN Super League match between Red Arrows and Indeni due to incidences of COVID-19 in the airmen’s camp.

FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala said the association has since notified all the parties involved.

“We have postponed the between Red Arrows and Indeni originally scheduled for Sunday, 19th December 2021 to a later date due to an outbreak of COVID-19 amongst the players and staff of Red Arrows,” Kashala said.

He said the move is regrettable especially that it came in the aftermath of the cancellation of another Week 17 match involving Kafue Celtic and Prison Leopards due to COVID-19 cases.

Kashala said clubs should step up COVID-19  preventive measures in view of the fourth wave.

“We wish to advise all our partners especially clubs that the fourth wave of the Covid-19 is upon us, and everyone should take care of themselves. We encourage our members to embrace the vaccination campaign as part of the ministry of health control measures,” Kashala said.

“While we are mindful that the exercise is voluntary, we encourage everyone to consider taking the jab as one of the measures touted as a COVID-19 prevention tool.Football stadia has been identified as one of the media for providing a platform for public vaccination exercises should take the lead,” Kashala said.

Red Arrows was due to host Indeni Football Club in a Week 17 fixture at Nkoloma Stadium.

This is a according to a statement issued by FAZ communications manager Sydney Mungala.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

21 Jan 2022, 7:06 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

300,587 Total Cases
3,885 Deaths
287,646 Recovered

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