Lusaka (Zambia), April 2: Zambia on Friday announced a relaxation of COVID-19 preventive measures following a continued decline in cases and hospitalizations.
Under the adjusted measures, the government has removed restrictions on population movement, and people visiting the country will no longer be required to have a PCR test as long as they have proof of vaccination.
The government has also allowed public gatherings which, however, must be held with strict observance of preventive guidelines.
Schools and places of work will resume normal schedules.
Sylvia Masebo, the minister of health, said the number of daily cases has fallen significantly, with average test positivity rate at less than five percent for over three weeks.
"The COVID-19 outbreak situation in the country is encouraging as we note that the fourth wave is subsiding," she said in a release.
The ministry has decided to adjust the public health and social measures following a COVID-19 risk assessment, Masebo said.
Zambia's cumulative COVID-19 cases now stand at 316,911, following 91 new cases reported in the previous 24 hours.
A total of 3,966 people have died since the outbreak of pandemic in March 2020, while 312,249 have recovered.