Zambia’s Health Minister Jonas Chanda is concerned at the continued deliberate disregard of public health guidelines, particularly at super spreader events such as funerals.

Dr. Chanda notes that the virus is still very active in communities, hence people should not drop the guard against the further spread of Covid-19.

He has since advised that in order to protect oneself and loved ones from the pandemic, it is important that the simple five golden rules that include wearing of facemasks correctly and consistently and maintaining of social distance.

This is in addition to washing hands frequently with soap and water or use of hand sanitiser, avoiding crowded places by possibly staying at home and seeking medical attention early if symptomatic.

The minister has reiterated that people can also use local remedies such as steaming, vitamin C, Zinc and other supplements.

In a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka Monday, Dr. Chanda announced that 825 Covid-19 positive cases were recorded across the country in the last 24 hours from the 5,600 tests conducted.

He highlighted that 303 cases were recorded from the Copperbelt province, 248 Lusaka, 104 Southern, 60 North-Western, 45 in Luapula, 28 in Central, 16 Northern, Eastern 15 and 6 from Western province.

The latest statistics bring the cumulative number of confirmed cases recorded to date to 55,042 in the country.

And Dr. Chanda added that 17 new deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.

They include five on the Copperbelt province, Luapula three, Southern three, Eastern province two, Lusaka two, Muchinga one and North-Western Province one, bringing the cumulative number of Covid-19 related deaths to 780.

He explained that 349 have been classified as Covid deaths, 405 as Covid-19 associated deaths adding that 26 deaths are pending classification.

Meanwhile, the minister disclosed that a quick spot check at some schools this morning found encouraging levels of adherence to the prescribed guidelines including screening, provision of hand washing facilities and wearing of masks.

He said government through his ministry remains committed to ensuring that schools provide lessons with the utmost regard for the safety and well-being of children.