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13 more Covid-19 cases confirmed

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Minister of Health Jappie Mhango has announced 13 new cases of Covid-19 of which five of them are health workers from Blantyre. Mhango has said the Malawi Welcome Liverpool Trust confirmed the 13 cases of which seven were in contact with the Thyolo case which was announced on Wednesday and one from Mangochi.

This means according to Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM) records the number of confirmed cases in the country has come to 56.

Speaking to journalists in Mzuzu on Saturday, Mhango said Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) embarked on an intensive Covid-19 testing exercise for both facility staff and health care workers that attend to patients at Kameza Quarantine Site.

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He said on May 7, this year a total of 44 specimens were collected and five came out positive, adding all the cases are asymptomatic and stable.

Mhango said currently some of the patients are in their homes while others are in institutional quarantine centres. “Let me tell you that Covid-19 is real. The numbers continue to rise. Therefore, let us continue observing social distance, and making sure that we wash our hands frequently,” Mhango said.

He said the mass testing exercise was initiated in an effort to ascertain the risk of health care workers in contracting the virus. However, he has said that the government will make sure that health workers are protected from the virus.

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Three weeks ago, health workers in the country staged a sit-in in an effort to force the government to provide them with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in line of duty. The minister said 14 out of 56 cases the country registered have recovered while three died and 39 are still under management by the health system.

In terms of location, Lilongwe has registered 24 cases with two deaths, 16 in Blantyre with one death, eight in Thyolo, and three in Mzuzu while Zomba, Karonga, Chikwawa and Mangochi have registered one case each.

Meanwhile, Mhango has said government has established two more testing centres at Thyolo and Nsanje district hospital laboratories, bringing the number of testing centers in the country to nine.

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