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‘People are recovering from Covid-19’

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Gospel Kazako

Malawi is on the right path in the fight against coronavirus, with Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 reports indicating that about half of the people that tested positive for Covid-19 have recovered.

Statistics indicate that, out of 13,880 people who tested positive for the virus, 6,127 people recovered.

The country has, as at now, registered 7,207 active cases and 336 deaths.

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During Tuesday’s briefing, taskforce members announced that testing centres have recorded 853 new cases, 47 recoveries and 15 deaths.

However, in his update, Information Minister Gospel Kazako allayed fears that most people were dying from the virus.

He said, while every death was regrettable, the country had recorded an impressive number of those that had recovered from Covid-19.

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“A lot of people are recovering from the virus. It is possible to defeat it. People should not lose hope because of the increasing numbers of those that are dying. We will win the fight by ensuring that we are wearing masks, observing social distance and sanitising,” he said.

He added that Covid-19 patients should not condemn themselves but have hope that they will rise from their sick beds.

Recently, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Madalitso Kazombo came in the open to encourage Covid-19 patients that there was potential to recover from the virus.

Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 co-Chairperson John Phuka said the country’s testing capacity had improved, culminating in 2,568 people being tested for coronavirus in a space of 24 hours.

Education Minister Agnes Nyalonje emphasised that students in boarding schools should remain on campus.

She said, during the three weeks of school closure, the government would make sure that learners had access to distance learning materials to allow them to continue learning in the absence of physical setup lessons.

“We are committed to finding ways that the learning lost is regained. In the coming years, we will make sure that it works and one of the things we will be doing within the three weeks is to make sure that as many schools as possible have access to distance learning materials,” she said.

On Sunday, President Lazarus Chakwera ordered a three-week closure of schools and directed that boarders remain in school until health officials undertake testing and provide healthcare to all infected learners.

The taskforce later also gazetted additional rules and regulations in a quest to contain cases of Covid-19.

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