The Immigration Department at Mwanza Border on Saturday night received 10 bodies of Malawians who died in South Africa within the month of May.
Mwanza Immigration Border Post Public Relations Officer Pasqually Zulu said two of the deceased persons died after being stoned to death when they sneaked out of their houses to buy food during the lockdown period.
Zulu also said five of the deceased persons died after they were involved in two different road accidents.
“Postmortem conducted by Malawian health officials at the border indicates that one of the dead people died of pneumonia while the other one had some health complications,” he said.
Among the deceased, seven people are from Mzimba while the remaining are from Ntcheu, Nsanje and Nkhata Bay.
“As a precaution for the Covid-19 global crisis, health experts from Mwanza District Hospital were called in to assist on how best to handle the bodies to ensure that the bodies and vehicles carrying the bodies do not import coronavirus into the country,” Zulu said.
He added that the officials and vehicles which brought the dead bodies were fumigated by health officials before being allowed entry into the country.
Last month, some Malawians living in South Africa appealed to the government to provide transport to repatriate them home, claiming that most of them were struggling due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was yet to receive an official request from the concerned Malawians living in South Africa.