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Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Liu Hongyang, has said cutting off the transmission route of coronavirus is key to containing the spread of the global pandemic.

Hongyang on Monday said although there is no confirmed case of coronavirus in Malawi, the disease cannot be taken lightly.

“Based on the experience of China to fight against Covid-19, scientists discovered that it is a new and highly contagious virus. The incubation period is generally three to seven days and no more than 14 days.

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“There are also some infected people who don’t exhibit symptoms, but the people in incubation period and infected people without symptoms are also infectious, so cutting off the transmission route is the key to containing the spread of the pandemic,” Hongyang said.

He suggested that people should develop personal protective habits such as wearing masks, washing hands, maintaining social distance, reduce etiquette such as handshakes and hugs as the virus spreads through droplets and contact.

“Reduce large-scale collective activities, avoid going to crowd gathering places and prevent large-scale clustering virus infections. For suspected cases of Covid-19, timely test and isolation should be carried out to avoid further spread,” Hongyang said.

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He said although there have been some confirmed cases in African countries, none of the cases were imported directly from China or brought in by people who contacted with the Chinese.

Coronavirus has sent shockwaves to the global economy in recent years with global stock markets experiencing sharp fluctuations.

China appears to have contained the spread of the virus in recent weeks with the number of new infections falling significantly.

President Peter Mutharika recently appointed a ministerial committee on coronavirus to help coordinate the fight against the pandemic.

As of yesterday, businesses such as banks, shops and others in Lilongwe were spotted taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus, by among other ways, encouraging customers to wash their hands before transacting with them.

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