Coronavirus: Malawi registers 5th case

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The special cabinet committee on Covid-19 has confirmed Malawi’s fifth positive case.

Health minister and chairperson of the committee, Jappie Mhango, told journalists in Lilongwe that the latest case is a Blantyre resident who had recently travelled to the UK.

Mhango assured Malawians that the government is doing everything possible to manage the spread of the virus.

He, however, admitted that in view of the country’s present state of the health system, 85 percent of the population could be at risk of catching the virus were the pandemic to persist for a year.

Meanwhile, Secretary for Health Dan Namarika has acknowledged the shortage of ventilators in the midst of the pandemic.

He disclosed that authorities have so far diverted 20 ventilators meant for the new Phalombe District Hospital to mitigate the current shortage.

Namarika added that an oxygen plant from the same facility is also being used to help fill up tanks unlike previously when the ministry used to import oxygen from South Africa.


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