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Govt tightens COVID-19 measures

Government has heightened measures aimed at averting the COVID-19 fourth wave by, among other things, restricting unvaccinated persons from accessing government buildings.

Health Minister, SYLVIA MASEBO who announced the measures during a joint Covid 19 situation update yesterday, said the measures will come into effect on Tuesday, November 30th 2021.

Ms MASEBO says it will be a requirement for civil and public service officers to be vaccinated for them to be admitted to work, but this will be done in consultation with Unions.

The Minister says travellers coming into ZAMBIA will be quanratined for ten days at their own cost, while local authorities and the Zambia Police will continue with inspections for adherence to the Covid 19 guidelines.

And , Ms MASEBO said government will also roll out a national wide vaccination campaign which will target 2 MILLION Zambians by Christmas Day.

And, Local Government Minister GARY NKOMBO said that in the next 48 hours facilities will be provided to ensure that people have no excuse of NOT being vaccinated.

Mr NKOMBO said in addition to observing the five golden rules all persons required to mask up when entering the market and also bus stations.

And Information and Media Minister CHUSHI KASANDA said her ministry will ensure that vaccination points are made accessible for journalists.

Ms KASANDA said the ministry will ensure the right and factual information is given to the public over the Covid -19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Transport and Logistics Minister, FRANK TAYALI said that it is imperative that Bus operators adhere to the Golden rules such as sanitizing their buses and even boarding passengers that are masked up.

Mr TAYALI said that to ensure smooth flow of Goods and Services , Screening at entry points will also be heightened.

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