2020 coronavirus pandemic in Zambia

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Zambia in March 2020.

2020 coronavirus pandemic in Zambia
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationZambia
First outbreakWuhan, China
Index caseLusaka
Arrival date18 March 2020
(3 weeks)
Confirmed cases39[1]
Recovered7
Deaths
1

BackgroundEdit

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[2][3]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[4][5] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[6][4]

TimelineEdit

March 2020Edit

As of 17 March, the government had shut all educational institutions and put in place some restrictions on foreign travel.[7]

Zambia reported its first 2 cases of COVID-19 in Lusaka on 18 March. The patients were a couple that had travelled to France on holiday.[8]

A third case was recorded on 22 March. The patient was a man who had travelled to Pakistan.[9]

On March 25, President Edgar Lungu confirmed a total of 12 cases during a live national address.[10]

April 2020Edit

Zambia recorded its first death on 2 April.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coronavirus Update (Live): 559,103 Cases and 25,278 Deaths from COVID-19 Virus Outbreak - Worldometer". www.worldometers.info. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  2. ^ Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  3. ^ Reynolds, Matt (4 March 2020). "What is coronavirus and how close is it to becoming a pandemic?". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  5. ^ "High consequence infectious diseases (HCID); Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  6. ^ "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Government shuts all schools to prevent COVID-19 outbreak". News Diggers. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Zambia Confirms 2 Covid-19 cases". News Diggers. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Zambia confirms third coronavirus case". News Diggers. 22 March 2020. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Lungu's full address: Zambia confirms 12 COVID-19 cases as lock down looms". News Diggers. 25 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Ministry of Health Zambia". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2 April 2020.