Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Technical Services Kennedy Malama says government is concerned with the rate at which the Covid19 third wave is ravaging the country with the health system being over stretched while health facilities are at 100% bed occupancy.

Speaking during the Covid19 update in Lusaka today, Dr. Malama announced that in the last 24hrs, 28 people succumbed to covid19 while 2,690 new cases where reported.

Dr. Malama also said that the ministry has seen an increase in the number of hospital admissions and patients on oxygen support.

He has therefore encouraged Zambians to take the covid19 health guidelines as a matter of urgency to reduce cases and fatalities.