Coronavirus:28 new recoveries in Malawi

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By Grace Donga

28 people have recovered from the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.

This is according to latest statistics from the Presidential taskforce on COVID-19, singed by Co-chairperson, John Phuka.

This means that 345 people have now recovered bringing the total number of active cases to 1,508.

In the statement, Phuka discloses that in the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered 59 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths bringing the total number of deaths to 24.

Of the new deaths, three are from Mzuzu, and one each from Lilongwe and Thyolo.

Phuka explains that of the new cases, 56 are contacts of confirmed cases and three are imported infections.

Of the locally transmitted infections, four are healthcare workers -two each from Mzimba South and Mzuzu, 17 from Lilongwe, 12 from Mzuzu, 10 from Nkhatabay, three from Mzimba South, three from Thyolo, two from Dowa and one each from Chitipa, Karonga, Mwanza, Mangochi and Rumphi.

The imported cases were identified at Mwanza border and are from Blantyre, Nkhatabay and Zomba.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 1,877 cases of which 706 are imported infections and 1,098 are locally transmitted while 73 are still under investigation.

The average age of the cases is 34 years, the youngest case is aged 1 month, the oldest is 78 years and 67% are male.

The country has so far conducted 17,693 COVID-19 tests in 39 COVID-19 testing sites.

Phuka further encourages the citizenry to continue practicing preventive measures such as handwashing, sanitizing, wearing face masks and following social distancing to minimize the risk of infection.

 

 

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