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Zambia to go back to mandatory wearing of face masks

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Minster of Health, Sylvia Masebo

Barely 4 months after the Minister of Health Sylvia Masebo announced that the government lifted mandatory on wearing of face-masks, Zambia has recorded a new sub-virant of the Omicron Virus which is now called XBB.

Masebo says the variant has led to the current prevailing increase of covid-19 cases recorded in the country.

She says this has led government to institute some measures including strengthened community and facility surveillance, intensified testing and prompt vaccination.

Speaking at a Media briefing yesterday, Masebo mentioned that the country has runout of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines but have sufficient stocks of Johnson and Sinopharm, thereby assuring the nation that vaccinations are still ongoing.

However, the local authority of Lusaka on acknowledging the observation by the ministry of health on the increase of covid -19 cases, they have encouraged the general public to start observing all the 5 measures of coronavirus to prevent the spread of the disease include wearing of face masks.

On September 8, 2022 Masebo announced that the government had lifted COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the need for physical distancing and mandatory wearing of face-masks.

She had however said those who wish to wear face-masks for health reasons, or indeed other personal reasons, may continue to do so.


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