UK withdraws embassy staff from Zambia

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The United Kingdom government has withrawn its citizen staff from the office of the High Commission in Lusaka, Zambia in a move seen as meant to protect its citizens from the COVID-19, reports our Correspondent.

In a notice issued on the government website, the UK said it has made the decision after having noticed the pace by which the situation is deteriorating in the region.

“Given the rapidly changing situation in the region we temporarily withdrawing a limited number of UK staff and their dependents from our High Commission in Lusaka.

“The High Commission will continue to carry out essential work including 24/7 consular assistance and support to the British people in Zambia,” reads the notice.

Meanwhile, Zambia has only recorded two cases of the deadly coronavirus, and there hasn’t been local transmission in the country. However, in the  African region in general, the disease has been spreading very fast.

According to the UN, as of yesterday, there were now more than 600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the African continent in 34 countries, compared to 147 just one week ago. This indicates a very sharp increase, which is a cause for grave concern.

The above figures indicate a sharp increase, a rise of 453 in the a period of just a week. The regional director of WHO for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti describes the rapid increase as worrisome and urges for urgent action.

Dr Moeti, said the rapid evolution of the COVID 19 in Africa is deeply worrisome and a clear call for action. He said the world can still change the course of  the virus, calling on all governments to group their risk processes capabilities to strengthen their response to the pandemic.

At least 12 countries in Africa region are now experiencing local transmission, WHO said it crucial that governments prevent local transmission from evolving into a worst case of widespread sustained transmission.


One Response to UK withdraws embassy staff from Zambia

  1. Honestly, this is when you see a British thinking without their brains. Europe including ‘little’ UK, is devastated with corona virus. Africa including Zambia is affected as well but not as much and you close your High Commission for that? Silly and idiotic isn’t? That’s a case of jumping from a sauce pan to fire itself isn’t? The UK shouldn’t take us Zambians for fools and think that we cannot analyze. I’ve said it before that Britain’s actions is meant to close its High Commission in Zambia. For instance, where is the British Airways, British Petroleum, Barclays Bank and other smaller British companies in Zambia?

    March 22, 2020 at 9:39 am

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