Mzuni's COVID-19 cases rise to 5

Mzuzu University

Mzuzu University (Mzuni) has registered two new Covid-19 cases taking the tally to five including two deaths of lecturers.

Mzuni Registrar, Yonamu Ngwira, said in a memo to staff and students that the new cases involve students and one of them is Brian Langisi, who has just completed his Bachelor of Science in Water Resources Management and Development.

"One student has tested positive to COVID-19 on campus while another finalist BSc (Water Resources Management and Development) student, Brian Langisi, tested positive to the virus upon arrival in Blantyre. He had been on campus up to
January 8, 2021 to participate in research project presentations. 

"We have secured disclosure consent from Mr. Langisi to announce his status so that staff and students who came in contact with him may also go for voluntary testing. The Department of Water and
Sanitation has already advised members of staff and students in that class to be on self-quarantine and to go for voluntary testing," said the memo.

Ngwira further disclosed that the institution has designated two houses as quarantine and isolation halls of residence for students.

"Nicholas House has been designated as a quarantine hall of 
residence. It is meant for students who are not sick or not showing symptoms, but have been exposed to the virus through contact with a Covid-19 positive case. House Number 27 has been designated as an isolation hall of 
residence for students who have tested positive to the virus," reads the memo in part.

The Registrar has since advised the Mzuni Community to keep away from visiting the 
two houses as a precautionary COVID-19 prevention measure. 

Mzuni last week lost Dominic Gondwe and Professor Chimuleke Munthali, who were  lecturers from the Department of Forestry and Environmental Management, due to COVID-19.