Zambia sets up contingency fund to prepare for coronavirus
Zambia has approved a contingency fund for emergency preparedness, prevention and mitigation measures against the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, local media reported.
Government spokesperson Dora Siliya told the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) this was in order to timely protect the public from social, economic and cultural effects that the disease might cause.
The decision was taken after President Edgar Lungu called an urgent cabinet meeting at which the coronavirus was discussed.
She said Zambia has put measures in place to prevent, detect and respond to any potential outbreak of Covid-19.
Zambia is one of the 13 countries the World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified as top priority countries in Africa, which, due to their direct links or high volume of travel to China, need to be particularly vigilant for the Coronavirus.
The other countries are Algeria, Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
Six African countries - Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Nigeria - have confirmed cases of Covid-19.African News Agency