The Zambian president has directed the temporary closure of Zambia’s border with Tanzania with effect from Monday May 11, 2020.
This comes after the country had witnessed the highest spike of Covid-19 infections on Saturday May 9, 2020.
“The Nakonde border will be temporarily closed. There shall be no traffic in and out of Nakonde,” announced the Zambian Health Minister, Chitalu Chilufya, at a COVID-19 press briefing.
He added that the closure was meant to expedite the retraining of health personnel and carrying out of more screening in Nakonde.
As Zambia broadened its screening, it recorded 85 cases on a single day and of the cases, 76 were recorded in Nakonde, the border town with Tunduma in Tanzania.
It is unclear how long the border will remain shut.