A total of 1,953 infants tested positive to HIV in the year 2021.

These where out of 92,542 HIV early infant diagnosis tests conducted between January and December 2021.

Ministry of Health director Infectious Diseases, Professor Lloyd Mulenga acknowledged that this is due to the delay in conducting HIV early infant diagnosis tests due to challenges such as reagents not getting to testing facilities on time and transportation of samples.

Professor Mulenga said this situation has resulted in a gap being created in finding infants and children who are HIV positive.

“The situation will change this year because the country received test reagents about two weeks ago which have since been delivered to testing centers” he said.

Meanwhile ten people have died from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative number of deaths to 3772 since the time the pandemic started.

Zambia has in the last 24 hours recorded 4,512 cases out of 14 thousand 1 hundred 84 tests done in the last 24 hours, with 1 thousand 4 hundred 21 recoveries.

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