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Nakonde DC’s coronavirus scare

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

MELODY MUPETA
Kitwe
NAKONDE, a border town with Tanzania which has assumed a reputation as a new COVID-19 epicentre in Zambia, is grappling with the disease.
The pandemic has almost left no-one in its trail, with its District Commissioner Field Simwinga and his family among the victims.
The virus, which has affected close to 1,057 people in Zambia from the time it broke out in March this year, did not spare the head of the district who, together with his five family members, tested positive.
Mr Simwinga says the news of him contracting the virus did not scare him in any way because he knew that his job exposed him to a lot of people who could have been in contact with COVID-19 patients.
He started having symptoms on April 27 but he could not undergo the test because the province did not have testing kits then.
Mr Simwinga says he used to feel weak and used to experience a fever and difficulties in breathing.
He cites an incident where he experienced serious problems in breathing as he was addressing the heads of departments in the district.
Because of this, he was eager to be tested for COVID-19 because what he felt in his body were the same symptoms of the disease being publicised in the media.
He, however, could not access the tests at that time because the Ministry of Health had not yet opened a centre for testing people for the virus.
When the Ministry of Health opened the COVID-19 centres at the customs office in Nakonde district, Mr Simwinga had stopped experiencing the symptoms. CLICK TO READ MORE


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