Health Minister of Zambia says sex workers are helping to trace people who have contracted coronavirus at the border town of Nakonde.
He says 76 of 85 reported new cases in the northern town were either sex workers or lorry drivers.
“Sex workers have been very co-operative and they are giving us all the info’s we want,” he said.
Zambia has confirmed 267confirmed cases with seven deaths.
However, President Of Zambia Edgar Lungu announced the reopening of restaurants, casinos and gyms after a month of shutdown to enforce social distancing measures.
Nakonde streets are frequently chocked with lorries leaving Zambia or entering from Tanzania. Lorry drivers are seen as high-risk group of people because they stop at several towns along the way and are known to have multiple sex partners.
“The sex workers are very devoted with our investigations, and we don’t want to stigmatise or discriminate against them. They are being very useful in contact tracing,” Mr Chilufya said.
“We had a case where one of them appeared with symptoms and told us about a client who was a lorry driver of foreign jurisdiction and even gave us a contact number. We called that number and we were told the person we called had” the virus, Health minister added.