Lusaka – Zambia’s Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya has warned that if people continue disregarding COVID-19 control measures, the country could see a death toll in the region of 1,000 people a day by next month.
He said the major flouters of the health regulations were people attending weddings, funerals, kitchen parties and church meetings, among other social gatherings.
As of July 25, 2020, Zambia had recorded 134 COVID-19 deaths from 3,789 confirmed cases. Fifteen lawmakers have tested positive for the virus and two MPs have died, leading to the suspension of legislative delibeations.
Based on epidemiological modeling, Zambia’s peak COVID-19 month will likely be August.
Dr Chilufya said the new coronavirus had spread across all 45 districts in the country.
Zambia’s Vice-President Inonge Wina and Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini led 155 lawmakers in getting COVID-19 tests last Wednesday.
VP Wina said it was imperative for every lawmaker to be tested and set an example for their constituents, while Mr Matibini encouraged National Assembly staff to also take the test.