Malawi at risk! 400  returnees escape from Covid-19 test centre in Blantyre

Over 400 Malawian returnees from South Africa have bolted from Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre where they were quarantined awaiting tests for coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Abandoned Covid-19 test centre at Kamuzu Stadium
Empty Kamuzu Stadium ground after returnees escaped
Scattered remains of food at Kamuzu Stadium

This raises fears of more covid-19 cases as the returnees are coming from a coronavirus hotspot country.

Government is already receiving stormy criticisms over its handling of the returnees, some of whom have been escaping from isolation centres.

The stadium looked deserted with empty bottles of water, remains of food and a few security personnel still guarding the stadium ground where the returnees were put.

The government failed to provide security to the returnees to prevent them from interacting with others as they were allowed to move around in the city and could go anywhere to buy food and other necessities.

Some of the returnees complained that the stadium had no water, no toilets and the government was not providing them with food.

Officials from the ministry of Health are yet to comment on the matter but this comes barely a day after eight returnees who tested positive of the coronavirus escaped from Kameza isolation centre.

They are yet to be traced.

Health activist Dorothy Ngoma said the escape was expected because of the poor handling of the returnees by the government.

She feared the whole nation is now at greater risk than ever before.

Malawi’s Covid-19 cases stand at 101 with four deaths and 60 active cases since the first cases were reported on April 2.

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BigMan
BigMan
8 months ago

Is there a President in Malawi? I doubt. Or else he has gone completely senile. Can you imagine the DPP strategy to increase covid 19 cases so that they can justify a national emergency and postpone the election? At what cost? Must people die in order to keep Mutharika at state house and Dausi and Mchacha in the cabinet?

John Phiri
John Phiri
8 months ago

Indeed our president is on autopilot. I now believe it.

He has been wrongly advised again that increase the number of COVID-19 patients so that we do not go for elections. This is silly. How can you let our brothers and sisters in such a situation forcing them to flee?

This is a very sad day for Malawi 🇲🇼

kingcobra
kingcobra
8 months ago

Boma la ku chipsente, matubvi a boma, mbalame zokhazokha ananzenze, patiently waiting for His Excellence DR LAZ and Dr SAU to take us aboard

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
8 months ago

I just don’t know how more incompetent the government of Malawi can get at this point. Let’s get these numpty clueless thieving people out of our government.

che nnungu
8 months ago

The government is typically to blame for this mess. It looks like they have a sinister aim behind. How did you expect people to stay at a facility without toilets or bathrooms and with litle food? The government has recieved millions of Kwackas for the Covid response but the money is no where to be seen. Ndiye mumati anthu akakudyereni kwa amanu. Stupid government

Nkhoma
Nkhoma
8 months ago

Do we have a leader in this country? Why import a deadly disease to its own healthy people. Is it your motive to wipe out all people.

Mtete
9 months ago

Deliberately dumped in the middle of Blantyre so that more damage will be caused. Elsewhere those in quarantine are well fed; not here where you get mgaiwa and nandolo. At least a khwangwala have a great time.

Malawi belong to the citizens

That’s bad where is Peter Munthalika?Na coronavirus yikuwonetsani guys, a country without president.shame . Just vote Next week Tuesday, the country needs a leader now please.

Livulezi river
Livulezi river
9 months ago

At 1st , I was of the view that these returnees are heartless But I watched Mibawa tv from 8~9 pm on 27.05.20 during their Special Program co~hosted by Chawezi Banda. What I saw was very pathetic. The program showed how preparedness our govt is as far as the Convid pandemic is. And one wonders where all the said publicised grants and loans monies for the Convid 19 are going to. Chilima akamati anthuwa akuba ndalama za convid 19 , sakunama ayi NB: If you want the program to be re~broadcast , contact Mibawa. It was worth watching , an… Read more »

Kyala
Kyala
9 months ago

If the government is serious about this how come such a situation is allowed to happen. Some of them it is understood are dpp hired thugs paid to disrupt the coming elections. Hence just allowed to disappear.

Also a pretext for the government to inflate corona positive cases or those sick from it to continue to abuse the massive corona funds recently received from abroad.

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