By Kondwani Nyamasauka
Lusaka 24th May 2020 – Zambian Minister of Information Dora Siliya announced Saturday that she had tested positive for the corona virus and had begun her self isolation.
Her announcement has sent journalists from various media houses into panic mode as they examine how much contact they had with the Minister.
Journalists that have been attending daily briefs and meetings at Government Complex and have been in the same room with Siliya are contemplating going for covid19 tests and isolation.
Others are wondering if their entire newsrooms and families too need to self isolate.
However the coming public by Siliya has been hailed as a good example of transparency and responsibility by a public officials.
It has also been hailed as a best example of fighting covid19. Experts feel if all covid19 patients made public their status all people that had come into contact with them will come forward for testing and self isolate, there by preventing further spread of the virus.
Siliya as a high profile and active person is more likely to have spread the virus wide and far and it is prudent for all people that have dealt with her in the recent past to take precautions and test for covid19 even if they feel ok.