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Chilufya sounds alarm

By AARON CHIYANZO
Unless the community works in tandem with health authorities an exponential increase in Covid-19 can be expected following the emergence of locally grown cases brought by the 26 people who travelled to Pakistan.
Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya yesterday said the new locally developed infections were a new dimension requiring sensitive keen attention.
“The new cases involve four, who were directly linked to the group which went to Pakistan,” Dr Chilufya said.
In total, Zambia has recorded 6 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 35.
Dr Chilufya said the six include a couple that was friends with one of the people that had travelled from Pakistan and also a domestic worker.
He said others include a congregant, who came in contact with one of the infected people at a place of worship and that of a person, who had travelled to India and returned on the same flight with the group that had travelled to Pakistan.
Dr Chilufya said the Ministry managed to run 51 tests on contacts of the group that had travelled to Pakistan.
He sounded the alarm that the number of COVID-19 positive cases which were as a result of local transmission were increasing, now at 9.
“The 6 new cases of Covid-19 involves 4, who are directly linked to the group which went to Pakistan. The six include a couple that was friends with one of the people that had travelled from Pakistan and also a domestic worker.
“Others include a congregant, who came in contact with one of the infected people at a place of worship and that of a person, who had travelled to India and returned on the same flight with the group,” said Dr Chilufya during the Tenth Covid-19 update.
Dr Chilufya urged all citizens to adhere to the set guidelines to enable the country combat the coronavirus.
And Chief Government Spokesperson. Dora Siliya appealed for a change of mindset and behavior among citizens in the wake of covid-19 outbreak.
Ms Siliya urged citizens to stay home and protect themselves, saying it was a major remedy to ending the spread of the Corona-virus.

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