Malawi confirmed Covid-19 cases rise to 8, as first death recorded — Minister

Minister of Health and Population Jappie Mhango confirmed on Tuesday that the number of confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in the country has risen to eight with one death recorded from the respiratory illness.

Minister responsible for Health Jappie Mhango announces the first COVID-19 death of a 51 year old Malawian of Indian Origin -pic by Lisa Kadango

The minister was speaking when he fronted a news conference in Lilongwe on Tuesday  where he announced that the country has recorded the death of 51 year-old Malawian of Asian origin  who died in the early hours of Tuesday in Blantyre.

He said the woman had just recently returned from UK and was the 5th patient to test positive from Covid-19.

“She had an underlining medical  condition,’’ said minister Mhango, who is also chairperson of the Special Cabinet Committee on Covid-19.

He said the  Blantyre District Health Office, Environmental Health Team is assisting with the burial arrangements.

“As a nation we grieve with the family of the deceased and I urge you all to respect their privacy,” he said.

Mhango has also announced that Malawi has recorded three more new cases bringing the total numbet to 8 confirmed Covid-19 cases.

“One case in Blantyre is a 34 year lady family contact of the first case that was registered on 3 April 2020. The second case is a 28 year old lady who travelled from London, UK on 19 March, 2020.

“The person confirmed in Chikwawa is a 30 year old gentleman who travelled from South Africa on 16 March, 2020,” he said.

The minister added: “This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 8, including 1 death.”

Mhango urged Malawians to continue to observe the prevention guidelines which have been put in place.

  • Regular hand washing

  • Social Distancing

  • Avoid Handshakes

  • Observe self-quarantine rules as provided if you have recently returned from a hot spot country

President Peter Mutharika, who announced the first three cases in the country last Thursday, on March 20 banned public gatherings of more than 100 people and ordered closure of schools from March 23 as part of precautionary measures to guard against Covid-19.

Mutharika on Saturday did not rule out a national lockdown

Saturday announced additional measures, including a 10 percent cut in his salary and that of his Cabinet for three months, a reduction in fuel prices, softening of tax and loan repayments, among other things.

Following the President’s announcements, the country’s estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima committed 100 percent of his estimated K1.7 million monthly pay to the cause for three months.

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Kennedy
Kennedy
10 months ago

Its Dpp and its old fool peter making up this so that they get cash for compain. What if he died of other cause? Chines are busy installing 5g thats the cause not corona.

Mtete
Mtete
10 months ago

DPP is having a good time.

John Phiri
John Phiri
10 months ago

What about Kenyatta. He made judgement on the Chinese and none to date has brought COVID-19 into Malawi.Amend abweretsa corona Ku Malawi were from India, UK and now South Africa. Not China. You see.

Kukhala osanyoza mtumbuka mukukhala ngati mufuna kupita Ku toilet. Shupiti.

Losambo
Losambo
10 months ago

They close all borders then mafuta and all imports stop coming to Malawi?

Nachisa
10 months ago

Let Kenyatta go and see how deadly coronavirus is so that he can have some sense in his head and stop making dangerous rulings.

King Xerxes
King Xerxes
10 months ago

Hahahaha

King Xerxes
King Xerxes
10 months ago

Jappie will die a rabbid dog

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
10 months ago

kunyada a Malawi ,mbendera pa tebulo. izizi sizofunikila mbendera apa,idiots.
by the way how and who fucking bastards,idiots and fools are letting the borders to let people coming in?
so as you guys are good are used to get bribes from mmwenyes, yeah they will always come and infect everyone.

Sisi
10 months ago
Reply to  Nasingwe

Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda is the one who overruled government and Immigration Dept. He released people from infected countries (I.e China) who were put into isolation by government. This undermined government’s policy of detaining people from different countries. Just yesterday, the media and self-important social media noisemakers were cheering Kenyatta for blasting government in his 72-page judgement.

Imran mussa
Imran mussa
10 months ago
Reply to  Nasingwe

I think the one in Chikwawa is not mwenye he is Malawian and returning from South Africa

Imran mussa
Imran mussa
10 months ago
Reply to  Nasingwe

This virus is indiscriminate. When it infects it doesn’t choose any colour or race . next time it could be you or your family. There’s a lot of corona virus infection cases in South Africa. One Malawian returning from South Africa was found positive. He is from Chikwawa.

Imran mussa
Imran mussa
10 months ago
Reply to  Nasingwe

I think you are such a narrow minded idiot. In Europe white and asian health workers are risking being infected to treat Europeans of African origin and vice versa. I think this is the only country where they are making racist comments when we as Malawians of all races should get together and fight the disease instead of making racist comments.

Ikbal osman
Ikbal osman
10 months ago
Reply to  Nasingwe

In South Africa there are more than thousand cases and the affected people are whites Asians blacks mixed race Cape Malays. In other words it affect all races and most of those affected had traveled from risky countries. There hasn’t been anyone saying that it’s the whites or Asians bringing corona into South Africa. The comments made by nasingwe are racist and it shows how narrow minded he is. You already have one case where a Malawian has contradicted Covid 19 returning from South Africa. The infected person stays in chikwawa

gersom mwale
10 months ago

Why all of cases from UK? Why all of them are Indian?

ben maunda
ben maunda
10 months ago

ambuye alowelerepo malawi wathu uyu

Ikbal osman
Ikbal osman
10 months ago
Reply to  ben maunda

Analowera so anthu aku malawi from sout Africa into chikwawa. Uyo ndi Malawian osati mwenye

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