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COVID-19 DEATHS DECREASE

By ADRIAN MWANZA

ZAMBIA has continued to record a decrease in the cases of Covid-19 deaths in the past 48 hours after recording 37 cases.

Ministry of Health permanent Secretary for technical services Kennedy Malama said the country was making steady progress as numbers reduced from 45 deaths on Monday to 37 yesterday.

“We recorded  37 new Covid-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours; all the deaths have been classified as Covid-19 deaths,” he said.

Dr Malama said the cumulative number of Covid-19 related deaths recorded to date stood at 2,904 (classified as 2,139 Covid-19 deaths and 765 Covid-19 associated deaths.

He said they had discharged 1, 442 patients 106 from   isolation facilities and 1,336 from home management, bringing the cumulative number of recoveries to 163,681 with 92% recovered overall.

“It is therefore gratifying that His Royal Highness Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi on Monday announced the cancellation of this year’s Kulamba traditional ceremony of the Chewa people of Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, in light of the continued threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

Dr Malama said they had recorded 2,006 new confirmed Covid-19 cases out of 9,021 tests conducted a 22% positivity, bringing the cumulative number of confirmed cases recorded to date to 178,748.

Our teams have continued to legally enforce Prevention measures around the country through inspections and dissemination of risk communication messages. Generally, we have seen a marked improvement in the levels of compliance across the provinces, with Copperbelt having effected a high proportion of prosecutions.

We have continued to engage proprietors of business establishments on the need to sustain the gains made and improve on the overall compliance as this is impactful in thwarting further spread of Covid19.

“In the last 24 hours, as a multi sectoral response, we inspected a total of 2,522 premises with 1,219 (88%) complying; 130 (5%) were closed whereas and 183 (7%) were issued with warnings.

He It was important to state that all the Directives which were made by His Excellency the President through the Secretary to the Cabinet are still in force and a comprehensive statement will be issued on Friday 16th July 2021.

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