Malawi has confirmed a record 591 new cases of Covid 19 and 21 deaths within 24 hours.
These are the highest numbers ever recorded in a single day in the country since the first cases were registered in April last year.
According to a statement signed by Co-chair of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid 19 John Phuka, apart from registering the highest number of new cases and deaths, the country has also registered its highest number of hospital admissions and 12 new recoveries.
138 people are currently being treated for the virus in the country’s hospitals.
Of the 591 new cases, 579 are locally transmitted infections with the highest coming from Lilongwe with 153 cases and 149 cases in Blantyre.
The number of active cases is currently at 3,642 with 134 lost to follow up and 76 still being investigated to ascertain their outcome.
Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 9,991 cases of Covid 19 including 275 deaths.
Phuka further reminds the public of the need to focus their attention on stopping community transmission by limiting human to human transmission of the virus.
He stresses on the need for everyone to treat one other as potential carriers of the virus while strictly following all preventive measures.