Zambia prostitutes covid-19: PROSTITUTES in Zambia who tested positive for COVID 19 are helping the local government in tracing their clients after an increase in new infections. The sex workers have been accused of spreading covid-19. Coronavirus cases have jumped in Zambia
Recently, 13 thigh vendors were tested positive for Coronavirus after being symptomatic which led to their testing.
Zambian Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the country was recording an increase in the number of new infections at the border town of Nakonde.
HotFM Zambia has posted on their Twitter Page confirming that the sex workers were helping government in tracing their clients.
“Health Minister Dr Chilufya has disclosed that the 13 sex workers who tested positive for COVID 19 in Nakonde district have been very cooperative and have provided details of their clients.”
Mr Chilufya blamed sex workers and truck drivers for an increase in covid-19 from 76 of 85 in the northern town.
However, Mr Chilufya said sex workers were being cooperative and they were providing their local government with the information they want.
Currently, Zambia has 267 confirmed Coronavirus infections, with seven deaths.
Last week, the Zambian president Mr Edgar Lungu declared the reopening of restaurants, casinos and gyms after a month-long shutdown to enforce social distancing measures bur Mr Chilufya expressed concern over the situation in Nakonde saying it remains grave and Mr Lungu was concerned.
However, the Zambian borders have been ordered to remain closed until the situation gets back to normal.
The streets in Nakonde are usually congested with trucks leaving and entering Zambia and some entering from Tanzania.
Truck drivers passing through Zambia have been seen as a covid-19 high-risk group as they have to stop in different towns along their away and they are well known to have multiple prostitutes.
Meanwhile, health systems in East Africa have raised a huge outcry over truck drivers who are being listed as essential services that they could spread coronavirus through prostitutes.
Strict checks including tests by the Ugandan authorities have caused long queues at its border with Kenya.