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09 mai 2020 | 07h07 UTC

Zambia: Authorities ease COVID-19 confinement measures May 8 /update 5

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Zambian authorities announce easing of confinement measures imposed due to COVID-19 on May 8; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/5/2020, 12h00 until 22/5/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Lusaka). COUNTRY/REGION Zambia

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President Edgar Lungu announced on Friday, May 8, that the government will ease ongoing confinement measures against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, allowing certain businesses to reopen. Zambia has been placed under a partial lockdown since Friday, March 20. Cinemas, restaurants, and gyms will be allowed to resume operations, and authorities are considering reopening hotels and lodges. However, bars remain closed and it is mandatory to wear face masks in public places. Public gatherings of more than 50 people are banned, and authorities have advised citizens to avoid all nonessential foreign travel. Cross border public passenger services, railway passenger services, and cross border cargo transportation are also suspended, although those carrying essential commodities will be allowed into the country. Students who are sitting for exams will return to class on Monday, June 1.

As of Wednesday, April 29, all tourist visas have been suspended until further notice to curb the spread of the virus. Despite Zambia's borders officially remaining open, travelers arriving with a tourist visa or applying for one on arrival will be denied entry into the country. Non-tourist visas or permits are subject to approval from the Ministry of Health following a health screening at the port of entry. The announcement follows the indefinite suspension of all international flights to and from Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula (LVI), Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe (NLA), and Mfuwe airport (MFU) on March 26.

As of Friday, May 8, there are 167 confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide, with four associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

Potentially impacted travelers are advised to monitor the situation, confirm travel itineraries, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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