Covid scare at Blantyre Sec School, student tests positive

A Blantyre Secondary School student has tested positive to Covid-19, heightening calls for the government to close schools.

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Blantyre Secondary School becomes the latest learning institution to register the infection after Mzuzu University, Chancellor College, St Andrews and Central High Mount View.

A teacher at Blantyre Secondary School said the student has since been released to her home.

Efforts to test over 500 students at the school including teachers have proven futile due to inadequate test kits.

However, health authorities have resolved to test students who share the same class and hostel as well as her contacts.

The school will also be fumigated today, as the institution’s management also meets to map the way forward.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 is appealing to local councils to champion public adherence to all the preventive measure in market places.

Taskforce Co-Chairperson John Phuka observed that there is public general laxity when patronising such congested trading places.

Besides disregard to the social distancing measure, many people compound the Covid problem by not wearing facemasks in public places.

There are fears that overcrowded marketplaces are slowly but surely turning into breeding grounds for the pandemic which is now spreading rapidly.

Phuka stressed that councils are now mandated to enforce all required regulations to curb the spread of the pandemic.

He cited provision of hand washing items, sanitisers and authority to enforce wearing of facemasks by all market users.

Meanwhile, the country recorded 269 new Covid 19 cases yesterday, with five new deaths.

 

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Wa Nick
Wa Nick
8 days ago

Those gunning for school closure should ask for advise feon Tanzania

No time to waste in JHB
No time to waste in JHB
8 days ago

The state of this school in the picture is a disgrace. The school looks like an open market. Besides COVID-19, this is a breeding ground for all sorts of diseases. How can our ministers change Prados and not change this School. BSS has fallen, this is not how we knew this school. Don’t we have Maintainance programs for public institutions. The other day saw QECH in a very sorry state. Are our leaders just good at talking?

SHAMBZYA
SHAMBZYA
8 days ago

Chakwera is dull and dumb. What does he want to see to bring back stringent measures such as closing borders, schools, mobile markets and even control number of people going to offices for work? Uyunso sindikukayika ndi chipwadza cheni cheni.

Banda
Banda
8 days ago

Schools in affected areas should close NOT a national ban, many rural areas have never had a Covid case. Government should look at local areas of infection first then Districts, then Regional as cases increase. National closure will create more harm. Malawi’s cases are so few in comparison to other countries with lock downs and school closures.

Let
Let
8 days ago
Reply to  Banda

They are few because we are failing to test. Imagine bails only managing to test 5 people a day at times. It’s an embarrassment

BigMan
BigMan
8 days ago

Schools opened in a pandemic??? Have we lost our minds?

Maneno
8 days ago

Close schools for now till the situation is under control, a chilima nzeru zonse zija zapita kuti?can’t u see the need? Forget politics( what will pipo say) and save lives aaaaa! In chisi tone.

Gumede
Gumede
8 days ago

Kodi abale a president alipo? I would close down schools and other non essential institutions by now. We need strict measures and decisiveness!!!!

KANGA
8 days ago
Reply to  Gumede

Are schools non essential institutions? When you are the head of state you make sure that the decisions you make are well informed

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