Public warned on 3rd wave despite steep COVID-19 decline

COVID-19 ward at Bingu Field Hospital

Although the country continues to register declining coronavirus disease cases, health authorities have cautioned the public not to be complacent amid reports of a third wave and new variants in other countries.

As of 25th April 2021, Malawi has registered five new COVID-19 cases, nine new recoveries and no new deaths.

With six admissions and no new admissions in the treatment units in the past 24 hours as four people were discharged, the total number of active cases stands at 827

The situation is somewhat different in Kenya which is in level four and is a very high level of the disease.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is warning travellers to avoid all travel to the east African nation.

This is due to the current COVID-19 situation there as even those fully vaccinated may be at risk of contracting and spreading it.

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Chponda: COVID-19 is still spreading across the globe and other countries are reportedly battling a third wave of the pandemic

Co-Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce Khumbize Chiponda has therefore warned Malawians against complacency taking into account the Kenya situation.

“Though we are observing a reduced number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our country, let me inform the public that COVID-19 is still spreading across the globe and other countries are reportedly battling a third wave of the pandemic with different variants being reported.

“I would like to inform those planning to travel outside the country to take keen interest on the COVID-19 situation in the destination country and only travel if it is essential, otherwise we still encourage the public to avoid non-essential travel. Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. In the event that you need to travel please adhere to the requirements of the country of destination,” advised Chiponda.

The Health Minister urged everyone including travelers to get vaccinated so as to reduce the risk of developing COVID-19 severe disease.

Cumulatively 276,657 Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine doses have been administered in Malawi.