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Covid-19 cases now at 37

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ANNOUNCED LATEST FIGURES—Mhango

A second case of Covid-19 has been registered in the Northern Region, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 37.

Minister of Health Jappie Mhango Thursday announced that the new case is a 40-year-old man who returned from Tanzania on April 27.

“On April, 28, 2020 the village was alerted that there was someone who had just arrived from Tanzania. The village head instructed him to be on self-quarantine and alerted health officials,” Mhango said.

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He also disclosed that health workers are tracing all the contacts of the case for isolation, follow up and testing.

Malawi first registered three Covid-19 cases on April 2. Three of the 37 cases that have been registered so far have died while seven have recovered with the remaining 27 cases being in clinically stable conditions, according to Mhango.

The Central Region has 24 cases including two deaths while the Southern Region has eleven cases with one death.

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Government has put in place several measures to fight the spread of the pandemic with most of them bordering on minimising the physical distance between people.

President Peter Mutharika also announced this week that vulnerable households inperi-urban locations will get a K35,000 cash package from the government to cushion them against the economic impacts of the pandemic.

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