COVID-19: Malawi imports 49 cases from South Africa


Malawi's COVID-19 cases continue to rise. On Monday, the Ministry of Health announced that 58  people have tested positive for the coronavirus disease, 18 new recoveries and no new deaths.

Of the new cases, nine are locally transmitted: six from Blantyre, two from Lilongwe, and one from Nkhotakota Districts while 49 of the new cases are imported (from South Africa): 12 from Mangochi, six from Blantyre, five from Dedza, four from Machinga, three each from Lilongwe, and Ntcheu, two each from Kasungu, Salima, and Mulanje, one each from Karonga, Thyolo, and Zomba Districts and six are Mozambicans. 

"Today our data has shown that we have registered a high number of new cases after registering a downward trend since March 2021 and most of the cases reported today are imported. Let me appeal to those that have recently traveled and are back into the country and have been confirmed positive to strictly be on isolation until they are declared COVID-19 free by health authorities.

"Let me also appeal to all health workers to ensure that the cases are followed up periodically and monitor that they are adhering to the isolation protocols. As we continue to observe an increase in the number of new confirmed cases and those being admitted in the treatment units we must avoid further spread of COVID-19 in our country by ensuring that everyone is adhering to the COVID-19 preventive and containment measures," said Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo.

Four more people were admitted in the treatment units while one was discharged. Currently, a total of 15 people are in hospital: 12 in Blantyre, and one each in Lilongwe, Thyolo, and Zomba Districts," the Ministry has said.

Meanwhile, the positivity rate has gone up to 15 percent from a weekly average of 4.9 percent.

Only 371,791 and 9,466 people have received the first dose and second dose respectively. Over the past 24 hours 44 people received the first dose and eight the second dose.

Reminder: The most common symptoms include fever, dry cough, and tiredness, while in some patients it presents with aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, rash on the skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes. When one has these symptoms, there is need to have a COVID-19 test.
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