Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Joseph Malanji says the Government through its Missions abroad remains seriously engaged on matters affecting Zambians in the Diaspora during the Covid-19 pandemic which is not only unprecedented but a global problem.
STATEMENT DELIVERED BY HON. JOSEPH MALANJI, M.P. MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS 16TH APRIL, 2020
Zambia is implementing various measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic through a multi-sectoral approach under the leadership of His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia. The country continues to prioritize public health in order to protect Zambians in the country. Similarly, the Government is concerned about the welfare of Zambians abroad given that the problem of Covid-19 is not only unprecedented but global.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs remains seriously engaged on matters affecting Zambians in the Diaspora through the Missions abroad. As announced earlier by the Minister of Health, Zambia has recorded four deaths in the Diaspora owing to Covid-19, three in the United States of America and one in the United Kingdom. Government stands with the families of the deceased in these difficult times. The Ministry wishes to encourage Zambians abroad to pay particular attention to the information being disseminated on Covid-19 and comply with the prescribed health guidelines put in place by authorities in order to curb the spread of the disease in those countries.
The Ministry, through the Missions abroad, has intensified the registration of Zambians in order to monitor their welfare. In line with the above measure, Government is encouraging the students, short stay travelers and the Zambians with permanent residence abroad to contact our Missions for registration purposes and access to any assistance they may require.
The Ministry is aware of Zambians who have been caught up in the various travel restriction measures implemented in different countries in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Through our Missions, the Ministry is working to find a solution to this matter and Zambians are encouraged to get in touch with our Missions abroad.
Zambians on short-term stay in different parts of the world who may have been caught up in the travel restrictions are advised to contact the Immigration authorities in the host countries and our Missions should they have issues with their visas.
The Ministry is aware of concerns regarding the welfare of Zambians. Members of the public may wish to know that in Guangzhou, there are five Zambian families and they have not been affected in the attacks. All Zambian nationals in China are well and our Embassy in Beijing and our Consulate in Guangzhou continues to actively engage with them.
In line with the Presidential measures on Covid-19, Zambian citizens and residents are advised not to travel to countries with confirmed cases of the disease. All individuals entering into Zambia will have to be placed under mandatory quarantine for 14 days and those who exhibit symptoms, upon arrival will have be quarantined in Government designated medical facilities for further investigation and treatment. Further, those who will test positive will be moved to a Government isolation facility regardless of their status.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will endeavour to continue serving the country and the Zambians in the Diaspora through the Missions abroad.