COVID-19: Malawi's cases jump to 730

Corona virus
  • As 110 new cases are recorded, 110 of them imported

Malawi has reported 110 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, three deaths, and 167 recoveries in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health has reported.

The three men, aged deaths 50, 26 and 45 years, were reported from Mzuzu, Karonga and Blantyre and has brought the total number of deaths to 11.

Of the new cases, 103 were detected from the 457 returnees from the Republic of South Africa that arrived two-days ago through Mwanza Boarder and Kamuzu International Airport.

Dr John Phuka
Dr Phuka: Strictly adhere to isolation rules

The other seven confirmed cases are two from Lilongwe and are health workers, two from Mzimba, and one from each of the following districts, Dowa, Salima, and Chitipa.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 730 cases including 11 deaths, 258 have now recovered and 461 cases are still active.

"We are calling all those that left the holding centres without receiving their test results to immediately contact their nearest District Health Offices.

"Let me also remind those that have been found COVID-19 positive to strictly adhere to isolation rules and those found negative to strictly adhere to self-quarantine rules for 14 days. Our health authorities are available in all the districts to provide necessary support," said co-chairperson of the COVID-19 taskforce Dr John Phuka.

The average age of the cases is 32 years, the youngest case is aged one year, the oldest is 78 years and 70 percent are male. Malawi has so far conducted 10,790 COVID-19 tests in 34 COVID-19 testing sites.

"Lastly, let me remind the general public that COVID-19 is often more severe in older people and/or those that have health conditions like lung or heart disease, diabetes or conditions that affect their immune system.

If you are at high risk of severe condition, practice preventive measures to minimise your risk of infection and if you are not, do your part to prevent the spread of coronavirus to others. The fight against COVID-19 requires a shared responsibility. Together we can stop the spread of this virus," added Dr Phuka.