Malawi has registered 10 new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19), bringing the total number of cases to 82.
Speaking in Mzuzu on Friday, Minister of Health Jappie Mhango said Mzuzu and Lilongwe National Reference Laboratory recorded one case each while the other eight were recorded at Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Laboratory in Blantyre.
According to Mhango, out of the eight that have tested positive in Blantyre, one is from Phalombe District.
He is a 38-year-old businessman from Nambiti area,under Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkhulambe.
“He had gone to Mozambique for a business trip, for two weeks, using uncharted routes,” he said.
On the patient confirmed by Mzuzu Central Hospital Laboratory, Mhango said, “ The patient is a Tanzanian man, aged 38 who arrived in Malawi on May 20 through Songwe border. He is a driver of a fuel tanker,” he said.
Mhango said the Lilongwe case is a 36-year-old man from Senti Township.
The other seven cases have been registered in Blantyre in townships of Machinjiri, Bangwe, Mbayani, Green Corner and Mpingwe.
Lilongwe so far has the highest figures; with 30 cases, 24 cases in Blantyre, 10 in Thyolo, five in Nkhatabay, four in Mzuzu,two in Zomba while Karonga, Nkhotakota, Chikwawa, Mangochi, Mulanje, Ntcheu and Phalombe have a case each.
Since Covid-19 was diagnosed in Malawi, the country has seen 24 patients recovering from the deadly disease while three people have lost their lives to the pandemic.
The virus that causes Covid-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. The droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, and quickly fall on floors or surfaces.
One can be infected by breathing in the virus if within close proximity of someone who has Covid-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then eyes, nose or mouth.