2 Covid-19 deaths recorded on New Year’s Day: 101 new cases reported  as Malawi gets second wave

The fears of a second wave of the COVID-19 are now real as on New Year’s Day two new related deaths have been recorded while 101 new cases have been registered in the past 24 hours of New Year’s Day.

Phuka: oted with concern that of all preventive measures, wearing of face masks appear to have gone down.

A situation report from co-chairperson of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19  Dr John Phuka says of the 101 cases, 32 are locally transmitted infections and 25 are currently admitted — 12 at Queen Elizabeth, 10 at Kamuzu Central, two at Mzuzu Central and one at Zomba Central hospitals.

From the 32 local infections, 15 are from Lilongwe, seven from Blantyre, three each from Balaka and Mzimba North, two from Nkhotakota and one each from Salima and Zomba.

From the new cases, 69 are imported with 66 identified at Mwanza border who came through buses from South Africa on December 26. Three of the imported were identified at Songwe border in Karonga.

The two deaths are from Lilongwe, bringing total number of deaths at 191 since April.

Going into December, new cases that were being registered were minimal and COVID-19 related deaths remained stagnant but on December 8, there was one new death, no new cases and the active cases were at 38.

Then the new cases started rising — 8 on December 12, 3 the next day, 4 on 14th, 10 on 15th, 11 on 16th, 47 on 17th, 10 on 18th, 5 on 19th, 8 on 20th, 41 on 21st and 46 on 22nd and 13 on 23rd.

On Christmas Eve, there were 16, on Christmas Day 62, and 4 on Boxing Day, 11 on Saturday the 27th, 23 on Sunday, 11 on Monday and 23 on Tuesday.

The figures then soared to 83 on Wednesday to 112 on New Year’s Eve, bringing the total active cases to 505 going into 2021 and now at 604.

The testing sites conducted 1,427 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours, were conducted, four of which were confirmed by SARS-COV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic test while the rest were through RT-PCR.

Concerned  Phuka said: “As we are planning to get back to our daily routine socioeconomic activities (businesses, work and school) after the holiday and the festive season, I would like request each one of us to take COVID-19 preventive measures in our institutions seriously.

“Many people might have been exposed to the virus during the holiday while attending to the festivities as such, the institutions might act as transmission amplifiers if preventive measures will not be adhered to,” he said.

Phuka has asked Malawians to continue observing Covid-19 preventive measures that include frequent handwashing with soap, proper wearing of face mask, avoiding overcrowded places, practicing cough and sneeze etiquette, staying home if one has flu-like symptoms and  decontaminating the commonly touched surfaces.

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Chikboy
Chikboy
6 months ago

I and a larger number of family members are down with Covid-19 this weekend but none will take a risk of going DHO for testing. I think we got the infection from some chrismas luncheons at some famous hotels. But i need to tell you the diseas is very infectious and very painful from mild flue or cough with variations of soar throat, lisipa, kuphwanya thupi ngati malungo, tiredness, fever, etc. Been on the bed since yesterday but looks like I am making steady progress and I may go to work tomorrow without disclosing it. But what I can tell… Read more »

Noo
Noo
6 months ago
Reply to  Chikboy

Why would you go to work knowing you have Covid-19…thus putting other people in danger of contracting it from you and they unknowingly spread to their families/other civilians they come in contact with? That is just pure selfishness and plain stupid of you.

Wiseup
Wiseup
6 months ago
Reply to  Chikboy

It is flu season now maka ndi mvulazi.

Mu January 2018 ndinandwalanso chifuwa ndi chimfine choopsya. Ndikamakhosomola mpaka mmapapo kumachita kuwawa pakhosi ngati pang’ambika kuti koma mawa ndifika. Here I am, I thank God. Mudzingomwa madzi otentha mutathira soda ndi ka mchere, ma ginger, lemon, red onion etc. It goes away in no time :). Koma mukakhala ndi chifuwa nkumalephera kupuma (kubanika) ndi chibayo chimenecho osati covid. Thamangirani kuchipatala chifukwa chibayo ndichoopsya.

malawian
malawian
6 months ago

fellow malawians covid 19 ilipo.many malawians ali ndi nthendayi koma sitikufuna kuvomereza. anzathu aluza miyoyo . lets pray to God for his protection

Atokwene
Atokwene
6 months ago

There is no covid 19 in Malawi now Mr John Phuka stop creating fear among us . Let us do our usual business now. Advise the President properly and let us borrow a leaf from our nearest neighbors in Tanzania where the President told his people to go back into full swing with their daily business and it has paid them greatly . So Phuka stop this nonsense. Remove fear in people . When I visit the capital city I see vendors plying their business with no masks on and none has ever caught the virus . So where is… Read more »

BigMan
BigMan
6 months ago
Reply to  Atokwene

You are not a serious person.

Nkozi
Nkozi
6 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

Kape wamantha iwe !
Useless person

Zanga phees
Zanga phees
6 months ago

Osamaonjedzera ma figures kuti mupedzerepo cholowa ntumba aiiii

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
6 months ago

kodi tikutinji??? boarder closure zutani

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