Covid-19 cases spike, now at 358

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Malawi has recorded 22 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the national figure to 358.

Addressing the media on Monday, Co-Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, John Phuka said 11 of the new cases are of Malawians who recently returned from South Africa.

"Eight were confirmed in Blantyre of which 6 are health care workers while 1 is a contact of a confirmed case, 2 from Lilongwe (1 with travel history to South Africa and 1 still under investigation) and 1 from Ntcheu who recently returned from South Africa," said Phuka.

So far, 5502 tests have been conducted as the death toll remains at 4 with 42 recoveries.

The government has since dismissed reports that coronavirus cases are deliberately being imported to achieve a hidden agenda. This is in reference to the arrival of hundreds of Malawians from South Africa and Europe following the severity of the pandemic.


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