Malawi has registered 192 new COVID-19 cases in the past 34 hours making highest recorded number of cases thus far.
Out of the 192 cases, 124 are locally transmitted while 64 were identified among 382 Malawian residents returning from South Africa that arrived in the country on Friday through Mwanza border.
Since May 1 this year the country recorded highest new cases of 115 on July 4.
Co-Chairperson of Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, Dr. John Phuka, says in a press statement released on Saturday that there are two new deaths both from Mchinji bringing the total number of confirmed death to 33.
Dr. Phuka also says the number of people that have recovered is now at 517 after registering138 new recoveries.
Of the locally transmitted infections, 13 are healthcare workers-nine from Blantyre, two from Mzuzu, and one each from Mchinji and Dowa. Forty are from Blantyre, 18 from Lilongwe, 16 from Nkhatabay, nine from Mzuzu, seven from Dowa, five each from Mzimba South and Zomba, two each from Karonga, Mangochi and Mchinji, and one each from Dedza, Nsanje and Phalombe.
He adds that, "As local transmission of COVID-19 is on the rise in our country, I would like to encourage everyone to wear a cloth mask whenever they are going into crowded places. Those with positive COVID-19 result should self-isolate and put on a medical mask all the time. Medical masks must always be used when taking care of COVID-19 suspected people or COVID-19 patients both in health care setting and at home."
Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 2261 cases out of which 786 are imported infections and 1,475 are locally transmitted.
The country has so far conducted 20, 098 Covid-19 tests in 39 Covid-19 testing sites.
On Friday the government empowered local councils to enforce strict measures aimed at containing further spread of Covid-19 cases.
Among others the government has with immediate effect banned mobile markets, street vending, weddings and cultural events, and also ordered religious gatherings to only congregate when the flock has face masks and in an open ground where social distance can be observed.
The past two months the cases of COVID-19 have been surging from 336 total confirmed cases on June 1 to the current 2,261 cases while deaths has jumped from four in June to 33 as of July 11.