COVID-19: Malawi registers 10 new cases, disease spreads to PE

Jappie Mhango
COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Malawi with 10 new cases reported  in the past 24 hours bringing the total to 82.

The 10 new cases have been recorded at three laboratory testing centres: Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre.

Minister of Health, Jappie Mhango, told the media in Mzuzu that eight of the confirmed new cases have been recorded at Malawi Liverpool Welcome Trust Laboratory in Blantyre, with one each at Mzuzu Central Hospital Laboratory and Lilongwe National Reference Laboratory.

According to Mhango, the confirmed case in Mzuzu is a 38 Tanzanian who drives a fuel tanker and arrived in Malawi on 20 May through Songwe boarder. 

“Upon his arrival at the National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma)in Mzuzu, Mzimba North DHO was alerted as part of the routine screening and testing initiative that the DHO is implementing. A sample was taken and the results came out positive,” said Mhango.

He said the Lilongwe case is a man who recently travelled to Zambia and resides at Senti township in the city.

However, Mhango said other cases registered especially in Blantyre show that local transmission is on the increase.

There are seven new cases in Blantyre involving a Bangwe woman who recently returned from South Africa, while the other six cases are local transmission namely two cases in Mbayani and a case each in Green Malata, Mpingwe, Chilobwe and Machinjiri. 

Meanwhile, Phalombe has joined 12 other districts as it has registered new case of a 38 year-old businessman from Nambiti area in the area of Traditional Authority Nkhulambe.

“He had gone to Mozambique for a business trip for two weeks using uncharted routes. He presented himself to Phalombe Health Centre on 18th May, 2020 with three days history of sore throat and dry cough bhu had no fever. A sample was taken and the results came out positive.
“As of today 22nd May, 2020, a total of 2426 samples have been tested with 82 testing positive and 127 pending results. Please let us continue to observe the prevention guidelines we have put in place,” said Mhango.

Since the first case was reported early in April, Lilongwe still leads with 30 cases and two deaths, while Blantyre has recorded 24 with one death, Thyolo 10 cases, Nkhatabay has 5, Mzuzu has four, Zomba recorded two while Karonga, Nkhotakota, Chikwawa, Mangochi, Mulanje, Ntcheu and Phalombe have a case each.