Zambia has in the last 24 hours recorded 1,289 new COVID-19 cases out of the 11,862 tests carried out across the country.
Minister of Health, Jonas Chanda said the country has also recorded 16 COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours.
Dr Chanda explained that the 16 deaths bring the cumulative number of deaths to 688, saying the deaths have been classified as 301 COVID-deaths, 382 COVID-19 associated deaths and five pending classification.
He has challenged citizens to stop being perpetuated by the dangerous trends of self-prescribing pharmaceutical or other medicines as treatment for COVID-19 as this carries serious risks.
Dr Chanda has urged people to seek medical advice as the ministry has put in place systems to ensure that people have access to routine services and medical care from health facilities.
He said the country should continue adherence to all COVID-19 guidelines so as to ensure that everyone is protected.
Dr Chanda said in collaboration with many partners the government, will continue to sustain efforts to deliver quality health care to all and ensure the spread of COVID-19 is halted.
Yesterday, the country recorded 1,476 new COVID-19 cases out of the 11,683 tests conducted.
This contained in a statement issued to ZANIS today by Dr Chanda.