LUSAKA, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Zambia recorded 825 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours as increased cases start taking a toll on the country's health system in the advent of the third wave, a senior government official said on Thursday.
The cases were picked from 10,949 tests done during the period, bringing the cumulative cases to 97,388.
Kennedy Malama, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health in charge of Technical Services said the evolving situation has placed a strain on the health workers.
"No Zambian is safe at the rate that we are recording new cases. During the second wave, we saw the same skepticism we are seeing now, and then the number became the names and faces of people close to us," he said during a COVID-19 update press briefing.
According to him, the onus was on all stakeholders to work together in order to turn the situation around and reiterated that huge gatherings were at the core of the spread of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the country also discharged 212 patients in the last 24 hours, bringing the total recoveries to 92,320.