Just a day after three food outlets (Hungry Lion) were shut down, several other food outlets and hotels in Lusaka have tested positive of the cholera.
Meanwhile, a joint operation was today mounted by the Zambian armed forces to evacuate first year students from the University of Zambia (UNZA) following the internationally embarrassing cholera crisis.
UNZA sources told the watchdog that it was unprecedented in the institutions’s history for the military to evacuate students in that manner.
“The government is clearly not telling the country the truth about this cholera crisis. The number of people that have died should be a little more than they are telling us if the military can mount such an operation” said the source.
Health Ministry officials have indicated that among the outlets that tested positive of the bacteria include Debonairs at Levy Business Park, Woodlands pick n pay, Mika Hotel,Pizza Hut and a Bakery in Matero.
Several markets across Lusaka remain closed and residents are running out of food supplies as there are no alternative markets following the closures.
A number of church denominations have also confirmed closure of churches and congregants have been told to worship from their homes.
By afternoon today 19 new cholera cases had been recorded across Lusaka.