A frightening rise in Covid-19 cases

Government has raised alarm over the sharp increase of Covid-19 cases over the past two weeks.

Chief Co-ordinator for the national response to Covid-19 pandemic Dr Agnes Mahomva said a surge has been detected on Wednesday with the 7-day rolling average of new cases going up to 900 per day up from about 13 per day.

She urged the nation to take the pandemic seriously and consent to social distancing, hand washing with soap and running water and to put on face masks. She also reiterated government’s call for people to get vaccinated as recommended measures by the World Health Organization.

Meanwhile, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe yesterday announced stricter monitoring of lockdown regulations by security forces.

“The security forces will ensure strict adherence to the level 4 Covid-19 national lockdown measures he also said that all citizens are mandated to wear appropriate face masks in public places and failure to do so is a punishable offence.

“For the sake of public health and in efforts to contain the biosecurity threat, the security forces urge the public and motorists to restrict movement and to adhere to the stated curfew hours,” he said.

Under the measures, industry and commerce is supposed to shut down at 3.30pm ahead of a curfew from 6.30pm to 6am the following day while intercity travel is banned. Workplaces are also supposed to decongest to a 40% staff presence.

Minister Kazembe further warned of an imminent blitz on pirate taxis plying local routes illegally.

“Beer halls, nightclubs and bars remain closed. I repeat, remain closed. Those found violating these restrictions will be dealt with decisively. Citizens are urged to inform police should they come across these violations,” he added.

According to latest statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the cumulative total of cases stood at 52 663 as of Friday, while active cases were 11 254 recovery cases rate stood at 75% while a total of 1 841 fatalities have been recorded.

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