LUSAKA, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Zambia on Thursday recorded 2,146 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours as the third wave takes its toll on the southern African nation's health system.
The isolation facilities, especially in highly densely populated areas, are receiving patients at an unprecedented rate in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry.
The new cases were picked from 14,033 tests done during the period. They bring the cumulative cases to 105,909, while eight people died, bringing the total deaths to 1,332.
A total of 806 patients were discharged during the period, bringing the total recoveries to 94,995.
The country currently has 9,582 active cases, with 9,167 under community management while 415 are admitted to various isolation facilities.
Kennedy Malama, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health in charge of Technical Services, said every person holds the key to defeating the pandemic by adhering to preventive guidelines.
"The COVID-19 cases we continue to report are a true reflection of what is happening in the community driven mainly by super spreader events," he said during a COVID-19 update press briefing.
According to him, hospitals in rural and remote districts have started admitting COVID-19 patients, indicating that the pandemic has touched every corner of the country.
He urged law enforcement agencies to ensure strict enforcement of the preventive guidelines.