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Covid-19: no new cases in Zambia as three recover

Monday April 06 2020
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A health official disinfects a street against coronavirus. Zambia has now entered a third day without recording any new cases. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By MICHAEL CHAWE

Lusaka. Zambia on Sunday announced it had discharged three people after they tested negative for Covid-19.

Zambia’s Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya told journalists that one more patient had been discharged after testing negative for the disease, bringing the total number of those that have recovered to three.

The first two, a couple, got infected after traveling to Europe.

The southern African country of 17 million people has 35 confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to official information.

The development means Zambia has now entered a third day without recording any new case.

The country had shut down casinos, cinemas, schools and minimised people’s movements.

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Despite not going into a lockdown, Zambia has not witnessed a rapid spread -- a situation that can be attributed to neighbouring countries' lockdowns like Botswana and Zimbabwe.

South Africa, Zambia’s main trading partner in the region, was also under a lockdown.

On Sunday, the country allowed over a 1,000 trucks that were marooned at Kazungula, a border town between Zambia and Botwsana, after completing a 14-day quarantine.

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