COVID-19: 'Malawi is at war'

Dr John Phuka
  • As Malawi records almost 600 cases

Overwhelmed by the ever-surging numbers of new coronavirus disease cases, Malawi's Presidential Taskforce of COVID-19 has pleaded with Malawians to take a leading role in halting its further spread.

On Wednesday  the taskforce announced that in Malawi an unprecedented 591 people had tested positive for the virus and that, 579 of them had acquired the virus locally. A further 21 people had been lost to the virus.

"We are at war, the COVID-19 war. Everyone is at risk of getting infected and everyone is affected with this disease. During this war we have observed that our frontline soldiers, our health workers and other frontline staff are also getting infected and sadly we are losing some to the pandemic. 

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"It is a war that needs everyone in our country to be involved, we need a collective fight in order save our frontliners, to save ourselves, our loved ones, families and friends. It is a time for all of us to join this fight and stop the spread of COVID-19 disease in our country and save more lives," wrote the taskforce co-chairperson Dr John Phuka.

Dr Phuka has also urged Malawians to limit those actions that are likely to fuel local transmission.

Most of the local transmissions occur in Lilongwe followed by Blantyre, Zomba and Mzimba and Mangochi.

Also disturbing is the number of admissions as 138 people are admitted, 60 of them in Blantyre at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, 37 in Lilongwe, seven in Mzimba North among other hospitals.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 9,991 cases including 275 deaths.