Zambia’s information minister who is also the Chief Government Spokesperson, Hon. Dora Siliya, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a video which she shared on WhatsApp and Twitter, the information minister said that even after taking all precaution including masking, washing her hands and face regularly, and social distancing, she had been infected by the coronavirus.
The MP said she is asymptomatic, does not feel ill or has any symptoms, but has gone into self-isolation. She also said that she had alerted the ministry of health and given them all her contacts especially in the last 10 days. She urged the citizens not to be afraid and to continue following the government’s guidelines for mitigating COVID-19.
While reacting to this news, the World Health Organization’s Africa head wished the Misnister speedy recovery and congratulated the Minister for being open about her status.
Zambia has 920 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 336 recoveries and seven deaths as of Saturday. The country avoided going into lockdown, choosing to impose restrictions to help stem the spread of the virus – which included closing bars, casinos, gyms and schools.
The country, however, had shut its border at Nakonde-Tunduma which borders Tanzania after recording over seventy cases on a single day.
A fortnight ago, Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu allowed gyms and casinos to reopen but not bars. He said the country had to find a way of carrying on amidst the pandemic.