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Deadlier COVID-19 strikes

A laboratory worker places a test tube containing a patient's sample into a box during coronavirus detection tests in the virology research labs at UZ Leuven university hospital in Leuven, Belgium, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. China has kick-started a clinical trial to speedily test a drug for the novel coronavirus infection as the nation rushes therapies for those afflicted and scours for vaccines to protect the rest. Photographer: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg via Getty Images

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
ZAMBIA has confirmed the presence of a deadlier and fast-spreading strain of coronavirus with over 2,600 cases including 28 deaths recorded in December alone, compared to the 1,000 cases confirmed in October.
In the 24 hours preceding yesterday, the country recorded 285 new cases of the pandemic with one death. There are 40 patients on oxygen, of whom seven are in a critical condition.
Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya says a second wave of coronavirus has now been established with a new strain identified as 501Y.V2.
Dr Chilufya said during the weekly COVID-19 update yesterday that unlike the old virus, which was prominent in the elderly and people with underlying conditions, the new variant of the virus is common among youths and pregnant women.
“What the President [Edgar Lungu] feared is now a reality. We have seen an increase in cases with an average of  CLICK TO READ MORE




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