in Zambia have opened for the first time this year, after several delays following an outbreak of cholera.

The opening of schools was delayed for five weeks as part of a series of measures to prevent the spread of the contagious disease.

The Ministry of Education said it has been conducting inspections of schools across the country to assess their readiness to reopen.

The spread of the disease has decreased, according to authorities.

About 500 people have died since the outbreak was reported last October. More than 15,000 cases have so far been reported.

Zambia has had several major cholera outbreaks but the current outbreak is the worst in 20 years, according to the government.