Third covid19 wave confirmed in Zambia

Written by on June 2, 2021

The Zambia National Public Health Institute ZNPHI has disclosed that Zambia has now entered the third wave of Covid-19 with the number of infections currently fifth across the continent.

ZNPHI Director Prof Victor Mukonka says in the last 24 hours, 742 covid infections have been recorded with the country now seeing a generalized geographical outbreak.

Prof Mukonka was speaking during a presentation at an engagement meeting with participating political parties in this year’s general election organized by the Electoral Commission of Zambia where he also called on political leadership to have campaigns in very safe environments.

Prof Mukonka says in the last 24 hours, 157 people have been admitted to isolation facilities and two deaths recorded while 70 percent of those in admission require oxygen support.

Prof Mukonka says what the country is now dealing with is a dangerous pathogen with the variant predominant similar to that prevailing in South Africa, the United Kingdom and India.

Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission of Zambia has warned that it will ensure strict implementation of the electoral code of conduct during campaigns and anyone found in breach will be sanctioned accordingly.

Commission Chairperson Justice Esau Chulu says the code of conduct which is part of the electoral processes act number 35 of 2016 provides guidance to the various players in the electoral process on their conduct during campaigns and elections.

Justice Chulu says the commission will also work with the police and participating political parties to develop campaign time tables to ensure fairness in the entire process.

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