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By Solister Mogha:

Zomba District Health Office (DHO) has intensified a search for two coronavirus (Covid-19) primary contact persons whose whereabouts remain hazy.

Updating the District Council and its partners on the status of Covid-19, Zomba District Environmental Health Officer, Innocent Mvula, said the DHO received information from Dedza DHO that one person who returned from South Africa and had a friend who tested positive was on the run and was believed to be in Zomba.

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He said when authorities tried to contact the person on his mobile phone, he only answered that he was travelling on Lake Chilwa.

“What we hear is that the two returned from South Africa a few weeks ago and were staying in Dedza,” Mvula said, adding: “But when a friend tested positive of the disease, the other one decided to escape for fear of being tested. We are doing everything possible to ensure we find him because he is a big threat to the district.”

Mvula explained that the second person is a truck driver who was another primary contact of the person who tested positive in Dedza.

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“When we tried to call him, he said he was in Mozambique but when we tried to check in our borders, there was no record of him leaving the country, which means he is still in the country and he could be spreading the disease as well,” he said.

Director of Planning and Development for Zomba District Council, Walter Chikuni, said a lot needs to be done to trace the primary contact persons.

Zomba District has so far registered two Covid-19 cases.

Among others, the district has established quarantine and isolation centres and has a district based Covid-19 testing laboratory at Zomba General Hospital.

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