JOHANNESBURG

Zambia recorded its first COVID-19 related death as the number of cases rose to 39, the country’s top doctor said Thursday at a news conference streamed online.

“I am saddened to report that we have lost one of our COVID-19 patients,” Chitalu Chilufya said in the capital of Lusaka flanked by other ministers.

”The said patient had an underlying chronic respiratory disorder and a history of travel to South Africa.”

He said the deceased was being treated at a private hospital before being admitted to a government isolation center where he was tested for COVID-19 and given advanced treatment.

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