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South African trucker, two others test positive for Covid-19 in Zambia

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Three truck drivers including a South African have tested positive for Covid-19 in Zambia.

Zambia’s minister of health, Chitalu Chilufya, announced the positive test result of the truck drivers during an update on the Covid-19 situation in Zambia on Thursday afternoon.

Addressing a media briefing, Chilufya said the three truck driver’s positive results are among nine new coronavirus cases that Zambia reported today.

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Zambia’s total number of confirmed coronavirus infections currently stood at 106 on Thursday.

“Zambia has in the last 24 hours reported nine new confirmed Covid-19 cases out of the 307 tests conducted by our laboratories. The nine new cases include three truck drivers – one from Namibia, one from South Africa and one from Zimbabwe. One national from Asia who recently came into the country as a consultant for work. The remaining cases include contacts of the cases reported before,” the minister said.

Chilufya did not give more information on the truck drivers’ travel history and contact they had with other people.

He added that Zambia now has 55 recoveries from Covid-19, while three people in the country have died of the disease.

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