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Malawi registers 87 new Covid cases

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Maziko Matemba

Malawi had registered 87 new Covid cases, 15 new recoveries and zero deaths within 24 hours ending Tuesday.

Presidential Taskforce on Covid Co-Chairperson, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, who is also Minister of Health, said the new cases are locally transmitted with 38 registered in Blantyre and 24 in Lilongwe.

Chiponda further said six each were registered in Mangochi and Zomba, four in Mzimba North, two each in Mwanza and Thyolo and one each in Ntchisi, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Karonga and Mzimba South.

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“Twenty-four cases are admitted to our treatment units: 15 in Lilongwe, six in Blantyre, two in Zomba and one in Mzimba North,” she said.

Information that was shared by the taskforce on Monday this week showed that the country had registered 50 new Covid cases, 20 new recoveries and one death within 24 hours.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 87,105 cases including 2,656 deaths. Out of the cases, 2,891 are imported infections and 84,214 are locally transmitted.

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According to Ministry of Health data, there is an increase in the number of confirmed positive cases and, consequently, an increase in the number of deaths for the past two weeks.

Chiponda has since urged schools to be vigilant in ensuring that they remain safe from Covid infections.

“I would like to commend the teachers, parents and guardians, learners and school authorities for the tireless efforts undertaken to keep the schools safe from Covid.

“Let me emphasise that all schools should continue to plan and implement Covid preventive measures to ensure that the schools remain safe,” the minister said.

She said the country is on alert level 1 and is being guided by Public Health Prevention and Containment and Management rules which state that during funerals, overnight vigils should not be held, except for members of the immediate family of the deceased.

Health rights activist Maziko Matemba says it is saddening that the figures are growing and that the pandemic is still a challenge that people need to be aware of and take necessary measures to protect themselves.

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