President Edgar Lungu addressed the nation today announcing measures that will curb the spread of the coronavirus which has claimed over 20, 000 lives worldwide.
The measures range from closing bars, restrictions on restaurants and controls on travellers.
BELOW IS THE STATEMENT
The Head of State
My Government has taken the following measures in Phase One to mitigate the impact of COVID-19:
1. The Zambian missions abroad and department of immigration must be alert to review the issuance of visas for people wanting to travel to Zambia, as well as at all ports of entry into the country for all travellers from countries affected by COVID-19;
2. Travellers will be allowed entry into Zambia, however, upon screening those who exhibit symptoms will be quarantined in a medical facility for treatment, while all other travellers without symptoms will be quarantined for atleast 14 days at their own cost;
3. Government had suspended non-essential foreign travel, particularly to countries which have confirmed COVID-19 cases;
4. Public gatherings such as conferences, weddings, funerals, festivals are to be restricted to at least 50 people subject to them complying with public health authority guidelines;
5. Restaurants must operate ONLY on a take-away and delivery basis;
6. All bars, night clubs, cinemas, gyms and casinos must close;
7. All international flights to and from Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Mfuwe International Airports are suspended. Instead, all international flights should land and depart from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport only to ensure efficient and effective screening of travellers as well as following them up by our health authorities;
The measures I have just announced shall be effected from midnight on Thursday 26th March, 2020 and shall be observed for the initial period of 14 days.
However, my Government shall constantly review these measures depending on how the pandemic evolves.