Malawi contagious mutations send Covid-19 infection rate soaring

  • 3 Covid-19 new deaths registered
  • 132 new cases bringing number of active cases at 750
  •  93 of the new cases are imported infections identified at Mwanza border 
  • 29 cases are currently admitted in four hospitals

Malawi government may consider strengthening restrictions to battle highly contagious mutations of coronavirus as a situation report released Sunday, January 3 indicates the country registered three new virus related deaths, 132 new cases and five new recoveries.

Burial of Covid-19 patient

This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths at 195  and the total number of active cases at 750, up from slightly over 30 at the beginning of December, 2019.

And of the new cases are imported infections — 93 identified at Mwanza border as Malawians returnees from South Africa and their final destination districts are 21 are from Blantyre, 10 from Mangochi, seven each from Lilongwe, Mzimba South and Salima

Six of the imported cases are destined for Machinga, three each for Karonga, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota and Ntcheu, two each for Balaka, Chiradzulu, Dedza, Mzimba North, Nsanje, Thyolo and Zomba and one each for Chikwawa, Kasungu, Mchinji, Neno and Rumphi.

Destination districts of four of other cases are still being investigated.

While 39 are locally transmitted infections — 27 from Blantyre, nine from Lilongwe and one each from Nkhotakota, Thyolo, and Zomba Districts.

The three new deaths (a 69-year-old male, 81-year-old female and 27-year-old female) are from Blantyre Health District.

Of the active cases, 29 cases are currently admitted four hospitals — 14 at Queen Elizabeth Central, 10 at Kamuzu Central, two at Mzuzu Central, two at Balaka District and one at Zomba Central.

The government may have to impose stricter measures  with the co-chairperson of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Dr. John Phuka, pleading with the general public to be on high alert in order to curb the rising second wave of the pandemic.

“Today we recorded the highest number of confirmed cases and new deaths in this new wave that is predominated by both local and imported transmission,”  Phuka said.

“This is a shocking way to begin the new year considering the difficulties we have so far experienced since Covid-19 was first detected in December 2019.  This disease has caused and is still causing havoc across the globe disrupting people’s lives. As we begin the year, it is time to do self-reflection and take stock in our fight against Covid-19.”

He urged Malawians to consider “careful prioritisation,” saying “ we should give up some social activities and even some economic activities to ensure our safety as well as continued development of our children.”

Phuka reiterates that one of the important ways of the preventive measures in the fight Covid-19 is the proper wearing of facemask, which is part of a comprehensive package of the prevention and control measures that can limit the spread of certain respiratory viral diseases, including Covid-19.

“Face masks can be used either for protection of healthy persons (worn to protect oneself when in contact with an infected individual) or for source control (worn by an infected individual to prevent onward transmission).

“I would like to appreciate to those that have taken up the wearing of mask seriously and let me encourage the public to wear a cloth mask always whenever they are going into crowded places.”

He added that compliance with other measures are very crucial in protecting oneself such physical distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and adequate ventilation in indoor settings.

On the use of cloth masks by children, Phuka says those aged up to five years should not wear masks for source control but for those aged 6 to 11 years — based on the child’s capacity to comply with the appropriate use of masks and availability of appropriate adult supervision.

“Children with severe cognitive or respiratory impairments who have difficulties tolerating a mask should, under no circumstances, be required to wear masks.”

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 6,844 cases and of these cases, 1,554 are imported infections and 5,290 are locally transmitted.

Cumulatively, 5,715 cases have now recovered, 108 were lost to follow-up, and 76 are still being investigated to ascertain their outcome.

The average age of the cases is 36.7 years, the youngest case being aged 1 month, the oldest being 98 years old and 68.3% are male.

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Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
12 days ago

Malawians amachulutsa matama ena ndi aja amakatenga injunction ati kuti akhaulitse boma la Tonse osadziwa kuti akukhaulitsa makolo awo omwe…..mufa ngati ntchentche chaka chake ndichino a galu inu,,,,katengeni injunction ina mwapha kale anthu nde kumakaphulira pano…

John chidongo
12 days ago

Mukundipatsa _3 koma mumamvetsera news za maiko ena pa ENC akuti pomwepa pa Zimbabwe apa Zipatala za dzadza ena akubwezedwa. Chifukwa cha anthu amene akuchoka ku RSA. Ndipo pano ali pa hard lockdown mufune musafune anthu akayamba kufa ngati ntchentche ku Malawi kuno lockdown muipanga. Mark my words. Zonyalayaza ziphweteketsa aMalawi ambiri. Ine ndine mboni ndadwalapo Corona. Pang’ono ngono ndikanafa. Ndipo sindifunanso kuti kuno anthu adwalenso ndi kumafa.

12 days ago

Who comes up with these illustrations? Do you really have to?

Kamilose B.
Kamilose B.
12 days ago

I truly salute the bravery and the hard work Malawi Health Services Comission. Truly the best health care providers in the world. They healed me when I was sick.

12 days ago

Anthu tatayilira

Milward Gunde
Milward Gunde
12 days ago

The use of the word “imported cases” is misleading. Cant we find a better word.

Which Department is responsible for issuing the COVID import licences?

I will propose that we use ” Returnees cases” or any alternative word but not imported which sounds like its planned.

This is my thought and insults are not welcome.

Mbanje Legalised
Mbanje Legalised
12 days ago
Reply to  Milward Gunde

Spot on.

John chidongo
12 days ago

Dr Phuka you’re doing good and tireless job but this what do called Chakwera government is not helping you at all. In time like these you need government support. The worst and weak president has just come at a wrong time. Power hungry basi zimene ama nena ndipo amachita potenga boma pa nkhani ya covid 19 zikumulephera kuti a chitepo kanthu pa za corona. Zotsatira zake anthu ambiri adwala ndipo afa. Anthu akabwera pofunika quarantine ku Mwaza school school for 14 day wheather they’re positive or negative. And separate place for hostel for those who are positive. In South Africa… Read more »

Back Lash
12 days ago

This is normal. Where you deliberately import.

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