Malawi confirmed coronavirus cases are rising faster: Death toll at 8

New cases of the novel coronavirus are rising faster than ever in Malawi with 20 new Covid-19 cases have been registered on Thursday, bringing the number of infections in the country to 592.

Phuka: Covid-19 cases increasing

Presidential Taskforce co-chairperson John Phuka says in a statement that authorities have also recorded one new recovery and two deaths.

Malawi now has eight deaths and 74 recoveries.

“A senior government official from Chitipa [ District Commissioner] has passed on today in Mzuzu and a 26-year-old male died at Mwanza District Hospital after he arrived today from South Africa,” said Phuka.

He further says eight of the new cases are healthcare workers, seven from Mzuzu and one from Lilongwe.

Five more cases have been registered in Mzuzu, three in Blantyre, two in Chitipa and one each in Nsanje, Mzimba and Mwanza.

The increase in case rates may be partially explained by increases in testing capacity, but there’s still not enough testing to capture an accurate picture countrywide.

By the time a Covid-19 test result arrives, a patient may have infected scores of others.

Most of the testing kits used are those donated by the charitable foundation of Jack Ma, Alibaba’s founder. He has given at least 20,000 kits to every country in Africa. Yet this is far short of what is required.

The rate of local transmission still appears to be accelerating.

Malawi has not had a lockdown and with fever of the fresh presidential elections, social distancing is being defied in political mass rallies.

The true toll of the virus is likely to be worse than the numbers show, as mild or asymptomatic infections often go undiagnosed.

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Sebbi
Sebbi
8 months ago

a Joni kkkkkkkulimbana ndi tsitsi ngati mkazi wa mimba

estertherea
estertherea
8 months ago

This what you call phuka is another thief. Mphaka weniweni

President Chisokonezo
President Chisokonezo
8 months ago

ZOFUNA

Milamba
8 months ago

Judge Nyirenda is now very happy that Covid 19 has started biting.

political commentator
8 months ago
Reply to  Milamba

is he the one who brought covid people from RSA? is he the one who told the RSA covid people to run out of Kamuzu stadium? Is he the one who left the boarders wide open for your personal gains? – you fool and your foolish Govt.

man e
man e
8 months ago

as a country we have failed, lets just be Praying to GOD.

Milamba
8 months ago
Reply to  man e

Bull shit!! Which God are you talking about? Nzeru zikakutherani basi you want to create God? Do something for your self basi mbuzi iwe.

Jack Mamina (Jack Ma)
8 months ago
Reply to  Milamba

yea! man inu ndi more fire!

C Banda
C Banda
8 months ago

” … there’s still not enough testing to capture an accurate picture countrywide.”
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There is a Ministry of Health website reporting 9324 suspected cases in the country, along with the “confirmed” 592. What makes the Ministry suspect that number? I wrote “confirmed” there because some of the testing kits seen elsewhere in the World are a bit dodgy. Here I have to wonder how a cluster of seven healthcare workers in Mzuzu managed to get themselves infected. There have been at least three other similar anomalies reported elsewhere in the country.

See the suspected cases at:

https://covid19.health.gov.mw/

Banda
Banda
8 months ago

Very suspect an individual arriving from South Africa admitted to hospital sane day dies yet you acknowledge can take a week to obtain results,
No doubt people returning from South Africa maybe be infected mandatary isolation is required. More disturbing
is Healthcare workers being infected they are potentially the greatest carriers and transmitting the disease into the community.

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