Taskforce calls for collective effort as COVID-19 infections, death continue to rise

Dr John Phuka

Malawi's COVID-19 Taskforce has called for collective effort to contain the pandemic by comprehensively following all the preventive and containment measures.

The call comes as infections numbers continue to soar in the Southern African country, exerting pressure on an already  ailing health care system.

On Tuesday, Malawi recorded 373 new COVID-19 cases, 14 new recoveries and 19 new deaths. 

Of the new cases, 371 of the new cases are locally transmitted infections: 132 from Lilongwe, 92 from Blantyre, 29 from Zomba, 13 from Mangochi, 12 from Balaka, 10 from Kasungu, nine from Dowa, eight each from Nsanje and Ntcheu, seven from Chikwawa.

"Sadly today we have lost 19 of our citizens to the disease including two Senior Cabinet Ministersabinet Ministers, this is the highes ever recorded in our country. 

"The admissions also are at the highest point as 117 people are in our treatment units with highest number of admissions in Blantyre. The active cases have today surpassed 3,000 mark. It is trying times for our country, but all is not lost. We should not despair or lose hope as we can stop the spread of the disease if all of us act decisively and choose to adhere to the preventive measures," says Dr John Phuka, co-chairperson of the COVID-19 Taskforce.

Earlier, President Lazarus Chakwera declared that Malawi was in a state of national disaster and called for supports from donors.