Coronavirus:72 new cases and one death in Malawi

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Malawi has registered 72 new COVID-19 cases, no new recoveries, and one new death.

The new death is a 64-year-old female that died at Balaka District Hospital.

In a statement, Chairperson of the Covid-19 taskforce John Phuka disclosed that the new cases, 64 are contacts to confirmed cases, four are imported and four are under investigation. Of the locally transmitted infections, 44 are from Blantyre, 17 from Lilongwe, and one each from Chitipa, Dedza and Nkhotakota.

The three cases under investigation are from Blantyre and one from Balaka and were identified after presenting with symptoms at health facilities. Three of the imported cases were identified at Mwanza border as they were returning from South Africa.

 These cases are from Chikwawa, Chitipa and Dedza. The other imported case is from Lilongwe and was identified among resident that were returning from Saudi Arabia.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 1224 cases including 14 deaths. Of these cases, 636 are imported infections and 551 are locally transmitted while 37 are still under investigation. 260 cases have now recovered bringing the total number of active cases to 950.

The average age of the cases is 33.8 years, the youngest case is aged 1 month, the oldest is 78 years and 68% are male.

The country has so far conducted 13,917 COVID-19 tests in 37 COVID-19 testing sites.

Meanwhile, health rights activists are appealing to the new administration to focus on enforcing coronavirus guidelines to reduce further local transmissions.

A majority of Malawians have stopped using face masks and following other preventive measures such as hand-washing and social distancing.

Executive Director of the Malawi Health Equity Network George Jobe said, “Some Malawians still think that the coronavirus is not real and do not understand. What we need now is to impose the measures that were already set up.”

Most Malawians have stopped following the preventive measures that were imposed with the aim of preventing further spread of the coronavirus which has since killed over 500,000 people worldwide.

This is raising concerning considering the rate at which positive cases are being registered in the country.



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