Health Permanent Secretary for Technical Services KENNEDY MALAMA has expressed concern with premises and patrons that have continued to evade COVID-19 guidelines.
Dr. MALAMA says environments with super-spreader conditions will further spread the pandemic.
He says according to the warning indicator there is a high-test positivity at 20 percent, which is a measure of the number of people that test positive out of all the COVID-19 tests performed.
Dr. MALAMA says the positivity rate indicates how widespread the COVID-19 infections are in the country and the importance of not taking any chances.
He says in the last 24 hours 4, 948 Dose 1 and 1,378 Dose 2 AstraZeneca vaccinations were administered.
Dr. MALAMA has also clarified that only Lusaka has depleted its dose 1 allocation while other provinces continue to administer both dose 1 and dose 2 of the vaccine.
He says this week, the Ministry expects to receive an update from the COVAX Facility on when the consignment of Johnson and Johnson vaccines will arrive in the country.
Meanwhile, Dr. MALAMA says in the last 24 hours, the county recorded Six Hundred and Thirty new confirmed COVID-19 cases out of 3,174 tests conducted and 29 deaths.
He says 1,621 patients have been discharged from 71 isolation facilities and 1,550 from home management.
Dr. MALAMA says the number of active cases today has fallen to below 10,000 for the first time since 10th June 2021.
He says despite the reduced hospitalisations and deaths the number of critically ill patients remains a source of concern.