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Covid recovery rate at 80%

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Maziko Matemba

Presidential Taskforce on Covid statistics indicate that the Covid recovery rate in the country is at 80.3 percent.

This, according to Presidential Taskforce on Covid co-Chairperson Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, means there is hope as “more and more people are recovering”.

By Sunday evening, the country had registered a total of 43,470 people with Covid, out of which 34,922 have recovered, representing an 80.3 percent recovery rate.

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There are 6,978 active cases of coronavirus in the country, of which 13 are new. At least 45 people were admitted to hospital due to coronavirus infection yesterday.

Ministry of Health officials have tested 301,633 people for coronavirus since the first case of the virus was registered in the country in April 2020.

Health and Rights Education Programme Executive Director Maziko Matemba observed that the country had improved, in terms of testing.

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He, however, indicated that the 80 percent recovery rate was a slump from the 95 percent rate the country registered before the third wave of coronavirus.

“We used to be in the 90 percent recovery rate bracket. Being in the 80 percent bracket means more people are being hospitalised and also that more people are being infected. This also means more case management at hospital level,” he said.

Meanwhile, exactly 66 days after Malawi Prison Service (MPS) officials indicated that Covid cases had resurfaced in the country’s prisons, where 23 cases were registered at the time, numbers of the infected continue rising.

In the latest development, 69 inmates have tested positive for coronavirus at Ntcheu Prison, where Ntcheu District Health officials screened 125 prisoners for coronavirus on Thursday and Friday last week.

However, Ntcheu Prison spokesperson Jordan Mang’anda has called for calm, saying they have taken the necessary steps to ensure that the virus does not spread further at the facility.

“This development has given us another opportunity to strengthen preventive measures like social distancing, frequent hand washing and facemask-wearing,” he said.

Mang’anda said, among other preventative measures, workers have been divided into groups to prevent the further spread of the virus.

“Currently one specious cell has been earmarked to house those with positive results. Those that have tested positive for coronavirus will be monitored for a fortnight,” he said.

On May 13 this year, MPS spokesperson Chimwemwe Shaba indicated that there were 23 cases of Covid in the country’s prisons but assured that prison authorities had stepped up preventative methods.

“One of the control measures is the reversal of the decision to reopen prisons to visitors, ” Shaba said.

However, prisons are not the only places where cases of infection are rising fast. Schools are becoming another battleground, with Rumphi District public learning institutions registering nine cases of coronavirus among teachers while 15 learners are self-isolating after testing positive for the same.

Rumphi District Coordinating Parent Education Adviser Webster Mkandawire cited poor access to potable water and shortage of personal protective equipment among the factors perpetuating the spread of coronavirus in the district.

However, Manford Silungwe, a member of the Rumphi District Covid Taskforce, who is also District Assistant Environmental Health Officer, bemoaned that some people in rural areas were reluctant to go for coronavirus tests.— Additional reporting by Patience Lunda & Pemphero Malimba

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