China tips Malawians on coronavirus threat
Chinese Ambassador to Malawi, Liu Hongyang, has advised Malawians to stay vigilant and continue using protective measures to remain free from coronavirus (Covid-19).
Speaking when he addressed journalists in Lilongwe on Friday, Hongyang said Malawi needs to exercise precaution to prevent the spread of the virus into the country.
The ambassador also announced that his country will donate medical equipment and test kits to enable the Malawi government prepare for Covid-19 risks.
“We have also donated some medical supplies, which include 1,000 face masks, 500 shoes and 500 clothes to help the Malawi government prevent the virus,” Hongyang said.
He said Malawians must remember to wear face masks and maintain a social distance of one metre apart and avoid hugs and handshakes.
Meanwhile, Lilongwe District Health Office (DHO) report signed by Dr Liwewe has dismissed a rumour that three Chinese, who had returned from China recently, were showing signs and symptoms of Covid-19, saying the three tested negative for Covid-19.
“These Chinese nationals were found at the hotel [name withheld] and their team and our team managed to get access to them and there was compliance. Upon asking questions and checking in their passports, it was found that in one room, there was a couple and one of them had travelled from China to Malawi and arrived on October 2 2019, through Kamuzu International Airport and the other travelled on October 24 2019, three months before the outbreak of Covid-19,” Liwewe says in the report.
He adds that the third Chinese arrived in Malawi from China on February 17 2020.
Upon being examined, it was found that their temperatures were as follows: Mr Liu was 36.4 degrees Celsius, Mrs Liu was 35.6 degrees Celsius and Mr Zou was 36.1 degrees Celsius.
All of them had no signs of cough and sore throat.