COVID-19 scare at Golden Peacock hotel

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health says the Chinese nationals  staying as guests at Golden Peacock hotel in Lilongwe suspected to have been showing coronavirus symptoms do not meet the criteria for COVID-19.

The Lilongwe District Health Office dispatched a team to the hotel after receiving a tip-off that a guest was showing some symptoms.

The office said in an update, confirmed by Ministry of Health spokesperson Joshua Malango that one of the suspected couples arrived in Malawi in October last year, has not travelled to China and has none of the symptoms. 

"The other gentleman arrived in February this year. But is past 14 days quarantine and has displayed no symptoms at all. No cough, no fever," said the statement.

The ministry says China through its Embassy which is working with them on has been cooperative on self isolation.

"In most cases, they're not getting out of their rooms and food is provided through the windows for 14 days. Unfortunately, some individuals, when they see such, they make up stories," the statement from the office added.

The coronavirus was first discovered in China