Zambia Records First Two Coronavirus Cases As Govt Closes Schools
18 March 2020
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Zambia’s Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya

Own Correspondent|Zambia’s Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya on Wednesday announced that Zambia has recorded two cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Chilufya said the two had recently travelled to France.

The two have since been quarantined.

Zambia’s government immediately decided to shut down all educational institutions later this week.

Health Chilufya said the decision, which takes effect Friday, is a measure to prevent the global outbreak spreading.

Chilufya said precautions include training more than 500 health care workers to treat the virus known as COVID-19, restrictions on foreign travel, including rescheduling all avoidable travel, setting two to14-day quarantine for travelers coming from “high-risk” nations if symptomatic, as well as health screenings at all entry points to the country, according to the website.

The deadly virus has hit 27 African nations.

The virus emerged in Wuhan, China last December, and has spread to nearly 150 countries and territories. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic.

Out of 189,233 confirmed cases, the death toll now exceeds 7,500, while more than 80,000 patients have recovered, according to Worldometer, a website that compiles new case numbers.