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Current Covid situation not warranting tight restrictions-Mwansambo

The Ministry of Health has indicated that it will likely tighten Covid-19 restrictions if the positivity rate increases.

Restrictions were recently eased after a sharp drop in the positivity rate which is currently at 0.8 %.

There are growing concerns that Malawi is at risk of a third wave of the pandemic which may emanate from the Indian Covid -19 variant that has spread to South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Morocco, DRC, Nigeria and Algeria.

The B.1.617 variant, has been blamed for India’s rise in cases that has seen the country record more than 20 million infections.

It has also been classified by the World Health Organization as a variant of concern.

Speaking to Capital FM, Secretary for Health Charles Mwansambo has disclosed that they are monitoring the situation.

Asked on whether the government may tighten the restrictions considering the external forces Mwansambo said,

“there is always that possibility but we have to be guided by science. At present there are few things that we look at before we ease or intensify those restrictions. We look at the positivity rate and the preparedness of our facilities, so at present the passivity rate is good”.

He however stressed that with the positivity rate still low, and state of preparedness of health facilities in check, they cannot make any changes to the current position.

But he was quick to say that if they detect any imminent danger, as government they will not hesitate to tighten the restrictions.

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