Zambia

Zambia to Cut Subsidies
Zambia has told the International Monetary Fund (IMF) it will gradually cut subsidies amounting to about US$1 billion as part of an economic recovery plan, Finance Minister Felix Mutati said. Africa’s second-biggest copper producer will also boost funds for social welfare, Mutati said during talks with IMF officials at the lender’s annual meetings. The statement did not specify which subsidies would be trimmed. Zambian government subsidies include about US$600 million annually for electricity and fuel. (Source: CNBCA)

Anthrax Outbreak in Eastern Zambia
The Zambian government on has confirmed an outbreak of anthrax, which has killed 44 hippos in Chama district in the country’s eastern region. Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said the outbreak of the disease could be due to low water levels, with the first case recorded on the 22nd of September. He added in a ministerial statement in parliament that people in the district have since been advised against eating hippo meat because as it was infected with anthrax. A mobile laboratory has also been set up in the area and sufficient machines have been provided. 58 human infections have so far been recorded with no fatalities. (Source: Global Times)

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