Coronavirus: UK withdraws staff from Lusaka

Coronavirus: UK withdraws staff from Lusaka

Britain has announced that it is temporarily withdrawing a limited number of UK staff and their dependents from its High Commission in Lusaka due to what it calls a rapidly changing situation in the region.

In an advisory note, the High Commission says it will continue to carry out essential work including providing 24/7 consular assistance and support to British people in Zambia

But minister of health Chitalu Chilufya says there is no coronavirus in Zambia and that the couple that tested positive has recovered.

Why then is UK taking these drastic measures?

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    Mutale 4 days ago

    Shows the confident towards the government actions.

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    KALUBA 1 week ago

    Zambia is much safer than the UK

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    Mumbeti 1 week ago

    With due respect to the British government, this is simply idiotic. Corona Virus has become a world pandemic more so in Europe. How many Embassies and High Commissions are they going to close? In fact, Africa, including Zambia is much safer for now than Britain and Europe! Jumping from the sauce pan to the fire itself. Foolish.

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    Sheila Moore, 71, and her husband, Richard Moore, 73, returned from the United Kingdom healthy on Tuesday, 10 March. A few days later, both she and her husband tested positive for the new coronavirus, and Sheila had developed a worrying shortness of breath, according to a GroundUp report. On her healthcare advisor’s recommendation, she asked staff at Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital on Cape Town’s Foreshore to admit her, but the recently built “state-of-the-art” “world-class healthcare facility” turned her away, saying it hadn’t prepared quarantine facilities at the 248-bed hospital. While the hospital later recanted its decision, Sheila didn’t want to put its patients at risk.