Malawi coronavirus cases soar to 23: Now spreading in the ‘hood’

Ministry of Health Principal Secretary (PS) Dan Namarika has sounded an alarm for Malawians to take a cautious approach in an attempt to tackle the rapid spread of coronavirus, announcing that the country has so far recorded six new cases of Covid-19 bringing the total number case to 23.

Namarika says major concern is that these new cases are coming from high density areas.- Photo by Joshua Malango, MoH

Addressing a news conference in Blantyre, Namarika said two of the cases just came into the country from abroad.

The cases are from Kaliyeka Squatter Township in Lilongwe and also the populous ‘hood’ Area 25 in the capital, according to Namarika.

Namarika said Ministry of Health is tracing the contacts of all the cases.

He said the major concern is that these new cases are coming from high density areas.

Namarika explained that Wednesday alone the country has registered five new Covid-19 cases.

One was registered Tuesday bringing the number to 6 cases in the last 24 hours.

He said one of the patient had recently visited India and the other was in Tanzania.

Namarika cautioned that based on the Kuunika Modelling of the virus pandemic, out of the 17 million population, Lilongwe could be the hardest hit with 1.5 million Covi-19 patients’ expected and 5 000 deaths.

Malawi has a relatively small number of infections compared to other countries, but there are concerns a sudden surge in cases could lead to a major outbreak in the landlocked southern African poor nation.

Commentators are calling on authorities to enforce social distancing measures and do widespread testing for Covid-19.

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National CEO
National CEO
8 months ago

I have observed something, All over the world institutions are being shut down (schools, markets, churches) etc but one institution can not be shut down. This institution is called FAMILY. This is confirming that a family is a basic unit of every country. So lets make sure that families are kept strong and fight for your family at any cost. Even God used the family of Mary and Josephy.

Yohane
Yohane
8 months ago

I already told you not to be quick in testing. We haven’t heard death of a person who died of corona who did not test(pathology). only those who test. They are complaining that malawi is not testing so that you should catch it.

Wawa
Wawa
8 months ago

Judge Kenyatta and HRDC come talk to the Nation now. Mbuzi zachabechabe. You cant politicise Covid 19. This thing is real.

Malawi belong to the citizens

So government is telling Malawians Kut maborder simunatsekebe or anthu omwe akulowa sakuyezedwa nde ndivuto la Boma.Why the government is preferring the lockdown why can’t you guys enforce the use of masks.People around the world are putting masks.The lockdown is questionable.Do people in Malawi have enough food to sustain the lockdown period.You people in government you don’t use your heads to reason.It looks like you are using legs to think but why when the head is there.Those people who wants to enforce lockdown are hiding something, they want kukokera mafigures ama election this is the only opportunity they have .… Read more »

Wakukaya
Wakukaya
8 months ago

Vuto si government koma ma judge, last time the government thru immigration department detained foreign nationals the judges released them. The other time government wanted to put country under lock down to prevent the spreading of the disease the judges ruled to the contrary. And if the government tries to close boarders surely the judges via hrdc with the influence of opposition will surely block that move.

So don’t blame the govt.

Jay
Jay
8 months ago

I find it difficult to believe you are buying the demonic agenda of projecting infections and deaths… total madness! Are you God or the prophets??? If we ask you, may be you can also mention the names of those you project to be infected!!!! Stop scaring people with your fake projections. Rather, tell people how to be safe and provide in hospitals PPEs and sanitizers and treatments too.

Mtandire boy
Mtandire boy
8 months ago

Namarika’s integrity is highly questionable. Case study: Daniel Phiri

Girl lady
Girl lady
8 months ago
Reply to  Mtandire boy

hahahaha paja ndiwa Daniel Phiri eti I See now I can connect!!!!

Mtondowodoka
8 months ago

Where is Trapence???

Mtete
Mtete
8 months ago

I get the feeling some quarters are enjoying this Covid 19 scourge to promote hidden and evil agendas. It started with a partisan ministerial committee on the pandemic. This is a National disaster and the way forward should have an inclusive committee.

Kanyimbi265
8 months ago

PAJATU NAMARIKA IS FROM LHOMWE BELT, NDIPO NDI UJA ANAPANGA ZA DANIEL PHIRI(BINGU WA MUTHARIKA) SO CAN YOU TRUST HIM?

Girl lady
Girl lady
8 months ago
Reply to  Kanyimbi265

BIG NOOOOO

cinangwa bho
cinangwa bho
8 months ago

so
China
India
Tanzania
Burundi
Pakistan
Canada

opezeka ndi virus.and have spread it here ,yeah!!!!!
stinking nation. WE ARE INSANE.
PA MA AIRPORT ATHU A IMM8GRATION ALEMERA ZEEDI. ZOSEZI ZIKATHA.
MARK MY WORD.

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