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Fresh Covid threat moves taskforce

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Reyneck Matemba

The Presidential Taskforce on Covid is today expected to hold an emergency meeting to discuss how to respond the fresh Covid situations that have hit Asia in general and India in particular, the taskforce’s co-chairperson Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda has disclosed.

Asia is experiencing a surge in new Covid cases and deaths with India recording 349,691 new cases and over 2,767 deaths in a day, raising fears that a third wave could be on its way to other parts of the world.

Chiponda said the government is monitoring the situation on the ground considering that there are constant travels between Africa and Asia.

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“We are aware of the fears Malawians have, because of our brothers and sisters who frequently fly to India and other Asian countries,” the Minister of Health said.

Last week, the taskforce announced the easing of some restrictions put in place to help fight the pandemic.

At the same time, the United States Department of State has advised its citizens against travelling to Malawi due to what it calls high levels of Covid cases.

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This is despite that there have been tremendous reductions in officially reported cases, according to daily updated issued by the taskforce.

Health and Rights Education Programme Executive Director, Maziko Matemba, said in an interview that Malawi must be concerned with the rising of cases and deaths in India, which is a crucial trading partner and has many Malawians travelling there for specialised medical care.

He said there is need to avoid what happened early this year when a new strain purportedly imported from South Africa caused great stress here.

“We want to urge the government to review the travelling protocols on Covid as other countries are doing so that Malawi is not affected due to its challenging health systems. It is also a concern that not many people have been vaccinated against the virus,” Matemba said.

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