Malawi just 2 hours flight away from coronavirus attack: HIV raise Covid-19 risk

Malawi is now at the high risk of the deadly coronavirus attack after one suspect has tested positive in South Africa, just a two hour flight away from Lilongwe.

With the coronavirus spreading to Africa, Malawi may be well prepared.

This has raised again the preparedness of the government of Malawi to prepare and prevent the attack which can be deadly to Malawi which has a weak public health system.

There are many flights a day between Lilongwe and Johannesburg as well as road transport between the two countries which have close economic and business ties.

There are thousands of Malawians living and working in the mineral rich Rainbow nation.

The South African government says in a statement that the first case of the disease has been detected in a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife.

The South African couple, who have two children, were part of a group of 10 who returned from Italy on 1 March, South Africa’s Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said.

This brings to 27 the number of coronavirus cases reported in Africa. Algeria is worst-affected, with 17 cases, 16 of them in the same family.

BBC’s news analyst in South Africa Andrew Harding said the continent as a whole has clearly benefitted from the remarkably slow arrival of the virus in Africa – a window of several weeks that has enabled the World Health Organization (WHO), national governments and other groups to build up testing and treatment capabilities.

But  he states that in South Africa, there are particular concerns related to the country’s long-running HIV epidemic – the worst in the world.

More than seven million people here are living with a virus that seriously weakens immune systems, leaving many people potentially more vulnerable to Covid-19.

Corona Virus to date has infected more than 95,000 people and killed at least 3,300 worldwide.

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Mtondoli Jonazi
Mtondoli Jonazi
8 months ago

This utter nonsense and sensationalist journalism. The way the article is written seems to imply that the virus is widespread in South Africa that most Malawians living in South Africa might have contracted it risking the whole of Malawi. As a journalist, it always helps to get one’s facts straight and present a balanced view of the matter so people can have useful information on their hands instead of causing unnecessary panic. By the way, why is it that most of such stories have a byline just saying ‘Nyasa Times Reporter’? Why don’t these ‘ghost’ writers not reveal their actual… Read more »

Bridget
Bridget
8 months ago

Jesus is coming soon

Muhammad saini
Muhammad saini
8 months ago

Apapa dziko athu last Malawi ili pa chiopsyezo cha ka virus kameneka

Mandado@147
8 months ago

corona is already in malawi with chinese just that detection is zero with the dpp led govt and Mark Assmani crooked information

Indianocean
Indianocean
8 months ago

The number of people infected by the virus has been shrinking in China and things are much better there than other countries because they almost quarantine the whole country. Italy, Iran and other western countries are now more dangerous. (You can find it if you follow up the world’s data every day.) Those countries have many patients, but not quarantine or test them. The ministry is working with the Chinese Embassy. As a result, very few Chinese come this year. You can tell that if you pass by a Chinese restaurant. But I do wonder where people can have the… Read more »

mwase
mwase
8 months ago

the corona virus attack has nothing to do with politics

H E Nyaphapi One
8 months ago

What will happen to MEC commissioners? Good riddance!

APM Wanya
APM Wanya
8 months ago

lol. HIV ndiye mumaipangatu embrace as if it’s your identity. Zitayeni. You’ll be ok. COVID isn’t here for you with your black ass

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