Zambia is one of southern Africa’s most impacted nations despite being way behind continent leader South Africa.
A lockdown imposed by President Edgar Lungu has since been relaxed following a continent-wide trend. This article will focus on major developments coming from the southern African country.
July 21: case boom, parliament shut down again
The parliament will today adjourn sine die due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. According to an order paper for Tuesday, July 21, Vice President Inonge Wina will issue a Notice of Motion to request the House to adjourn in view of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Adjournment of the House: That, in accordance with Standing Order 33 (1) of the National Assembly of Zambia Standing Orders, 2016, and in view of the Coronavirus disease, 2019, the House do now adjourn sine die,” the Order Paper read.
Local media portal, Mwebantu, reports that this will be the second time that the parliament is adjourning due to the pandemic. The house had earlier adjourned on 18th March before resuming on 9th June.
Meanwhile, there is a boom in reported cases with the current caseload sirring at 3,326. The previous tally before the July 20 update was 2,980 cases as of July 18.