By Mary Kachepa- Health Minister JONAS CHANDA has commended political leaders from the ruling and opposition parties for the positive response to the covid-19 vaccine, which he says has encouraged Zambians to take the vaccine.
Dr CHANDA says government is elated that Members of Parliament and Ministers have led by example to take the vaccine along with other civic, traditional and religious leaders.
He says six thousand four hundred and ninety-five people have so far been vaccinated, exactly a week today after the official launch of the vaccine in Lusaka.
Dr CHANDA has urged citizens to ignore propaganda on social media that after taking the vaccine people have to stay away from alcohol for forty-five days because it is not true and merely meant to discourage those that take alcohol from being vaccinated.
He was speaking during the Covid-19 update in Kitwe today.
Meanwhile, Dr CHANDA said in the last twenty-four hours, the country recorded seventy new covid-19 cases out of four thousand eight hundred tests conducted.
He said one hundred and sixty-one people recovered, with two deaths recorded.
And Dr CHANDA said the country has maintained positivity rate at five percent for over a month but urged citizens to continued observing the health guidelines because there is still a threat of a possible third wave.