Zambia on Friday announced the complete lifting of coronavirus restrictions from the weekend, although just three percent of eligible people in the southern African country are fully vaccinated.
“Following the reduced transmission of Covid-19 in Zambia, the government has decided to lift the restrictions,” Health Minister Sylvia Masebo said.
Restrictions on gatherings in venues like places of worship and bars have been in place since last year in Zambia, a poor, landlocked country of 18 million people.
From Saturday, there will be no limits on the size of religious gatherings, while bars, markets, shops and nightclubs can all operate as normal and everyone can go back to work, Masebo said.
For now, mask-wearing, social distancing and regular disinfection of public spaces will be kept in place.
The government will continue to monitor the situation to make further decisions before the end of the month, she said.
The country has to date reported 209,114 cases and 3,649 Covid-19 related deaths, according to Friday’s statement.
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