The number of Covid-19 positive cases has risen to 101 after Malawi recorded 18 new cases, Minister of Health Jappie Mhango said Monday in Mzuzu.
Twelve of the cases are among 90 returnees who were repatriated from Zimbabwe with help from the government and International Organisation for Migration.
According to Mhango, three are cross-border truck drivers while the other two are from Karonga and Nsanje districts.
“The first patient is a 34-year-old male from Group Village Head Chapinga, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mlolo is Nsanje. He returned from South Africa on May 14 through Mwanza Border. He has no symptoms and health workers are tracing all contacts so that they can also be tested for the virus,” Mhango said.
He added that the Karonga case is a 26-year-old man from Mwakyusa Village, T/A Mwakaboko in the Northern Region lakeshore district which was confirmed by Mzuzu Central Hospital laboratory.
“He frequently goes to Tanzania. He spends most of his time at Songwe Border. He presented himself to a hospital on 20 May with a history of fevers, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea, cough and shortness of breath,” the Minister said.
More Malawians as still being repatriated from South Africa and according to Mhango as of Monday nine buses were being held at Mwanza Border.
“All those who are negative will be assessed for either self-quarantine in their respective districts. District Health Offices have already arranged transport for all negative cases to their respective districts where they will be under surveillance. I urge them to adhere to self-quarantine rules,” he said.
Mhango then bemoaned the behaviour some people whom he said continue to discredit the regular updates that his ministry is providing on the status of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has encouraged political parties to use different approaches in disseminating their campaign messages.
Since the launch of the official campaign period for the fresh presidential election, thousands of people have been attending political rallies risking their lives to Covid-19 infection.