The Elderly with Underlying health Conditions at High Risk of Covid-19

By Sharon Kunda- Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for technical services Kennedy Malama says three million Zambians could be at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19 due to  factors such as age and underlying health conditions.

Dr. Malama also says the country risks recording a surge in Covid-19 cases with the recent relaxation of public health measures as some people have stopped adhering to health guidelines.

Speaking during the routine updates on Covid 19 in Lusaka today, Dr. Malama said 68 cases of Covid 19 have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

He explained that the cases are from 12 districts and are part of 847 tests conducted.

Dr. Malama said the latest figures represent a positivity rate of eight percent.

He said two deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.

Dr. Malama explained that the recent deaths involved a Brought In Dead and a health facility death recorded at Livingstone Central Hospital involving a male adult who had a comorbidity.

He also said the country has a recovery rate of about 90 percent and that 326 patients have been discharged in the last 24 hours.

Thirty four patients are currently in admission in various parts of the country.

And Head of Surveillance Muzala Kapina explained the various levels of surveillance being put in place by the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Kapina said surveillance enables the country to have a picture of how the pandemic is evolving and how to respond appropriately.

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