By Ruth Chayinda
The Ministry of Health says there is need to escalate the level of contact tracing due to the increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases and deaths.
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Kakulubelwa Mulalelo says the ministry’s pillar to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic remains surveillance, case finding and contact tracing.
Ms Mulalelo said this when she announced that the country has recorded 265 covid-19 positive cases and 14 deaths in the last 24 hours bringing the cumulative number to 6228.
She said currently 34 people are on oxygen of which 3 are in intensive care unit while 327 have been discharged.
Ms Mulalelo said currently 48 districts spread across the country have reported Covid-19 cases.
She said of the 14 deaths, 10 were brought in dead from the community while 4 patients died in Levy Mwanawasa University Teaching hospital.
Ms Mulalelo further disclosed that studies are been carried out to determine why most Covid-19 positive cases are in males.
She has since advised the public to adhere to the public health guidelines to prevent getting affected or transmitting the Covid-19 infection.