Malawi registers two Covid-19 deaths in 48 hours

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By Grace Donga 

The country’s number of Covid-19 related deaths has risen from 5 to 6 in the past 24 hours.

This is according to a statement from the Co-Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 John Phuka.

It follows the death of a 70-year-old man in Blantyre who died upon arrival at the Kameza treatment centre. This means two people have died from the pandemic, in the past 48 hours, including a police officer in Lilongwe.

Phuka says that Malawi has since registered 22 new COVID-19 cases and one new recovery in the past 24 hours. Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 547 cases including 6 deaths.

Of these cases, 438 are imported infections and 94 are locally transmitted while 15 are still under investigation.

According to Phuka, of the new cases, four are health care workers, three from Blantyre, and one from Mzuzu. Blantyre has registered three more cases, two are still under investigation and one is the new death.

Two cases are from Thyolo and were in contact with a confirmed case. Phuka adds that Kasungu has registered one case with a travel history to South Africa.

Twelve new cases were identified at Mwanza border as they were entering the country. Four of them are from Ntcheu, two from Balaka, two from Machinga, two from Mangochi and another two are truck drivers from Mozambique and Tanzania.

69 of the total cases have now recovered bringing the total number of active cases to 472. The average age of the cases is 31.7 years, the youngest case is aged 1 year, the oldest is 75 years and 67% are male.

Phuka indicates that the country has so far conducted 8351 COVID-19 tests in 25 COVID-19 testing sites. Phuka appeals to the communities to collaborate with the government to prevent the further spread of the pandemic and encourage the public to value and support health workers and all other frontline workers.


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