Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary George Zulu says Bernard, 19, was studying Geology in Algeria under the Zambia/Algeria government scholarship scheme.
Mr Zulu says Bernard’s cousin Nyunga Kalipeta reported that Bernard got sick and decided to travel from Annaba to Algiers city where he stays to seek better medical attention.
He says Nyunga expected Bernard to arrive in Algiers around 23:00 hours at his residence but unfortunately he never reached.
Records found by students indicated that Bernard was admitted at Bachar Teaching Hospital after he collapsed at a bus station on Sunday.
Mr Zulu says the education attaché in Algiers is making arrangements for the body of Bernard to be repatriated to Zambia at the earliest possible time.
He said the date of repatriation of Bernard’s body will only be known after the necessary documentation by the Algerian authorities.