A total of 30 Malawians have died in the past seven days as the fourth wave of Covid picks steam in the country.
Cumulatively, within the same seven days, the country has registered 6000 new cases of Covid and, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH), six people died within 24 hours on Tuesday.
On the day, there were 88 patients in treatment centres, 38 people being new admissions of the day.
MoH and the Presidential Taskforce on Covid have been asking people to adhere to Covid preventative measures, including hand-sanitising, facemask-wearing and social distancing.
On Monday, Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda said statistics indicated that the majority of people being admitted to treatment centres and those dying from the disease were unvaccinated.
“This shows that the vaccines are working and the vaccination exercise will continue to help in the fight against the Covid pandemic as stopping the pandemic requires using all tools,” said Kandodo Chiponda in the daily Covid update statement on Monday.
Meanwhile, health rights activist Maziko Matemba has decried poor adherence to Covid preventative measures.
Since the first case of Covid was recorded in Malawi in April 2020, over 2,343 people have died due to Covid-related complications. About 71,550 cases have been registered in the country since then.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.