Tue, 13 Apr 2021

LUSAKA, March 8 (Xinhua) -- The Africa Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has given Zambia 24,000 antigen test kits to boost the country's testing supplies, a senior government official said on Monday.

Minister of Health Jonas Chanda said Zambia will remain indebted to the African Union (AU) and the Africa CDC for the continued support in the COVID-19 response and all public health matters.

"Additionally, we remain committed to ensuring commodity security for the response and continue to enhance our strategy for resource mobilization," he said in an updated statement on the COVID-19.

The Zambian minister further revealed that the country has continued to record huge reductions in the number of case admissions which stands at an all-time low of 183 from the daily highs of up to 510 a day at the peak of the second wave in January 2021.

He however said the majority of people admitted were in a critical condition.

Meanwhile, the country recorded 234 new cases in the last 24 hours out of 3,098 tests done. This brings the cumulative cases to 82,655 while 778 patients were discharged during the period bringing the total recoveries to 78,721. The country also recorded eight deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,132.

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