Malawi government says more dead bodies coming from South Africa

Malawi government has indicated that more dead bodies from South Africa will be coming soon following the partial lift on the restrictions for combating coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Malawi Covid-19 is real, we will have many body bags in front of us if we don’t behave

At least 16 dead bodies arrived in the country last week, with government indicating that their deaths were due to non-infectious causes as road traffic accidents, leukemia and assault.

The Ministry of Health and Population Principal Secretary (PS), Dr. Dan Namarika, in a statement issued on Monday evening, said Malawi is likely to experience transfers and movement of more dead bodies from the rainbow nation now that the lockdown has been loosened.

Namarika said the high number of bodies coming into the country at the moment is due to the lockdown that the South Africa implemented as a means of preventing further spread of Covid-19.

“During the lockdown in South Africa, all dead bodies were kept in the morgue/mortuary pending transportation to Malawi for burial. The general public is further informed that health authorities in South African, as per International Health Regulations and Requirements, certify and ensure these deaths are free from non-infectious disease,” reads the statement in part.

Namarika stated that those dying of the novel Covid-19 pandemic are being buried right in South Africa regardless of their country of origin.

However, he advised bereaved family members and the general public to precautionary measures when handling the incoming dead bodies, including observing social distancing during funeral and burial ceremonies.

“The Ministry of Health will continue to work with all other government ministries, especially at border in Mwanza, families of the deceased and the Government of the Republic of South Africa to make sure that the bodies are repatriated safely without the risk of spreading Covid-19 and out of infectious diseases.

“The Ministry of Health is therefore encouraging all Malawians to observe prevention and controle measures of Covid-19 during burial by working closely with health authorities from time to time,” concludes Namarika in the statement.

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With corona or without
With corona or without
2 years ago

If you add chakwera/chilima votes in 2019, it’s almost 2.8 million, Peter / atupele adds up to 2.2 million votes that’s minus tippex ones, I can’t see all this pipo changing and voting for dpp/UDF alliance..copied

2 years ago

Nkhani yake yomweyi

2 years ago

Does that consider the 1.7 million people who did not vote?

Malawi belong to the citizens

RIP, causes of death for those people was not covid-19 but like assault and others.But still precautions measures should be there coz they are coming from a country with huge number of coronavirus cases in Africa.

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Its Me
2 years ago

Wait a minute!!!!! The Caption on the PICTURE IS ABSURD!!! Are the deaths due to COVID-19 or they failed to be repatriated due to the LOCKDOWN that was in South Africa!!!! Please let us stop confusing People with the unsubstantiated messages and funning of Fear.!! COVID-19 is REAL!!! Make no mistake about it. But MATHEMATICALLY and from the EPEDIMIC trends, Self-Healing is outnumbering Deaths. It is therefore dangerous and irresponsible to make conclusions that the deaths are due to covid.

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