By Leah Ngoma and Balewa Zyuulu
Zambia has recorded 9 more cases of the Covid-19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 12.
And the country has suspended international flights from Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe airport in Ndola, Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula airport in Livingstone and Mfuwe international airport in Eastern Province effective Thursday midnight.
In his live broadcast address to the nation this morning, President Edgar Lungu explained that 11 out of the 12 cases recorded involve individuals who had travelled abroad and came back into the country while 1 had come into contact with those infected.
The head of state has therefore emphasized that travelers will be allowed into the country but upon screening, those with symptoms will be quarantined while non-essential travels have been banned especially to countries with confirmed cases.
President Lungu also announced that all bars, night clubs, gyms and casinos must be closed while restaurants should offer take away services only for 14 days effective Thursday midnight.
He says public gatherings have also been restricted to only 50 people in an effort to curb the spread of the covid-19 virus.
Meanwhile, government says a risky assessment conducted by the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit –DMMU- and Ministry of Health has revealed a total of 22 districts as hot spot for covid-19.
Minister in the Office of the Vice President Olipa Phiri has since called for more cooperating partners to help government carry out the preventive and curative measures against the global pandemic.
Mrs. Phiri was speaking this morning when she received a donation of ethanol sanitizer sprays from Zhongkai international company limited.
Meanwhile, Zhongkai International Company Limited General Manager Cheng Gipng has pledged to continue partnering with government to ensure that the price of hand sanitizers are affordable and readily available to members of the public.
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