8 patients escape Covid-19 isolation centre in Blantyre

A senior government official says eight people, who recently tested positive of coronavirus (Covid-19)  have escaped an isolation centre in Blantyre.

Some of the patients

Blantyre district director of Health and Social Services Gift Kawalazira told the media that the eight were among 17 people who were repatriated from South Africa and tested positive of coronavirus.

They were detained at Kameza isolation centre.

“These people were tested Covid-19 at Kamuzu stadium and they all tested positive. We are now hunting for them,” said Kawalazira.

He said security has now been stepped up at the Kameza Covid-19 isolation centre.

This comes barely a day when Malawi hit 100 mark of the number of covid-19 cases in the country, bringing fears that the virus might be getting out of control. Health minister Jappie Mhango said 18 more people have tested positive for Covid-19, pushing the number of the cases to 101.

He said 15 of them are those that were repatriated recently from Zimbabwe while others are a 26-year-old man who recently returned from Tanzania and a 34-year-old man who arrived recently from South Africa.

“Out of those, 35 were infected whilst outside the country while others are local cases, mostly by those who were in direct contact with those who came with the virus from abroad,” he said.

Mhango said the government will continue to test those who just arrive at the borders to ensure minimal spread of the disease.

At least four people have died from the disease since it was detected in the country on April 2.

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Ernest
Ernest
9 months ago

Tionana pokavota basi tatopa nanu. Mungawasiye anthu ku stadium without water, toilet mumaona ngati azipita kuti? ndie ndi amenewo apita mmakwawo whats your comment now?

Neil Mzo
Neil Mzo
9 months ago

Why is this being treated like joke? How did those 8 pple escape and why? How good is the security at the isolation centre? Who are the escapees and why have we not been told? Wait a minute; isn’t it obvious that communicating abundantly would enlist the participation of the general citizenry in the effort of reigning in the errant patients? But somebody doesn’t see this. I am compelled to believe that incompetence and lack of seriousness and lack of common sense are more wide-spread in Malawi than has been pointed out.

Andrew Gallagher
Andrew Gallagher
9 months ago

Paddy is a nonce

Andrew Gallagher
Andrew Gallagher
9 months ago

Fuck the system !

Chipwaza
Chipwaza
9 months ago

This government is busy stealing money and trying really hard figuring out how to rig the election again, just listen to Vuwa and Kamlepos audio that has gone viral , they don’t care about Malawians

Kalulu Wadwala
9 months ago

Money going into pockets. What do u expect from them? They close churches and leave boarders open. They close schools but allow foreigners to enter our country. Priorities upside down

Banda
Banda
9 months ago

Some countries have charged people that have tested positive and do not isolate with attempted murder. Even those that have not been tested and do not social distance and or are in groups more than 5 people not living in the same household to heavy fines. People have to realise this virus is killing people 100,000 deaths in USA in 5 months compared to 30,000 deaths as a result of car accidents in a year or 70,000 deaths due to overdosed in a year. All avoidable deaths.

Pol
Pol
9 months ago
Reply to  Banda

I think most of my countrymen n women would perhaps understand it better to say old Kamuzu Stadium capacity of 65,000 people would represent a major disaster. Those escaped 8 will infect many more people…family, friends n innocent bystanders!

Have a heart n save lives!

BigMan
BigMan
9 months ago

We are surely not a serious country.

katayeni chitutu
katayeni chitutu
9 months ago

we have the irresponsible government that does not care about the welfare of its people at heart…..our government has received so much monies from well wishers for the said purpose,why cant they establish institutional quarantine?where is the money going?

Patrick Phiri
Patrick Phiri
9 months ago

What did the court.say about lockdown?

#NotMyPresident
#NotMyPresident
9 months ago

DPP siukuidziwa. Meya ali busy kugawana ndalamazo.

Kondwani Chisale
Kondwani Chisale
9 months ago

The Funds Received by DPP Govt is Eaten by Corrupt Ministres and Officials in Govt Dept Malawi as a Country is Finished in the Hands of Corrupt Politicians And Govt Officials

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