Zambia to continue collaborating with neighbours on COVID-19 fight

Monday, May 18th, 2020 00:00 |
Workers disinfect the Zambezi market in Lusaka, capital of Zambia, May 15, 2020. (Xinhua/Martin Mbangweta)

The Zambian government said that it will continue to collaborate with neighbouring countries to ensure that cases of COVID-19 do not escalate.

Zambia has seen an increase in cases from truck drivers coming from countries in the region, a move that has forced authorities to temporarily close a key border entry, Nakonde in the northern part of the country.

Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the collaboration with neighbouring countries is vital if the country is to win the fight against the pandemic.

The Zambian minister further expressed satisfaction over the level of cooperation by the countries in the region, saying it will go a long way in stemming further rise in cases.

According to him, the government will continue with surveillance measures in all border entries and that currently a massive cleanup of Nakonde, a key gateway is underway.

Stringent measures, he said, need to be applied at all borders to curb the spread.

Zambia has reported 11 new cases from tests conducted in the last 24 hours. The country has reported a total of 679 cases, 183 recoveries and seven deaths. (Xinhua)

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