Malawi puts 60 people under surveillance over suspicion of coronavirus

Health officials in Lilongwe have been following up 60 people – including students at Bishop Mackenzie International High School – over suspicion of  coronavirus (Covid-19).

A health worker screens Minister if Information Mark Botomani for Covid-19

Lilongwe District  Health Office (DHO) Alinafe Mbewe-Tambala said they have traced 60 people who are believed to have had contact with the first patient of Covid-19.

“So far we have traced 60  people in connection to the first case,” Tambala said.

“They are all under 14 day’s surveillance and  the tracing is ongoing,” she added.

Tambala said they have also been tracing students at Bishop Mackenzie International High School because  that’s where the first case’s grandson learns.

She appealed to  people to strictly follow the general warnings to prevent the spread of the disease.

Oxfam’s international head of inequality policy, Max Lawson, a former resident of Malawi who is now based in Nairobi observed that Malawi has plenty of experience of handling contagious diseases but is barely prepared for a disease that can spread so fast.

He fears  Covid-19 will spread rapidly across the country and many people will die.

“The health system is very weak and poorly resourced. The population is young, which may be in Malawi’s favour with a disease like Covid-19, but there is a lot of untested TB and HIV in the country.

“The UK government and other donors have not been supporting Malawi like they used to. They should immediately suspend the country’s debt payments. It would cost very little and help a lot. As it is, Malawi will be hit very badly economically by Covid-19,” he said.

Joyce Banda, the former Malawi president,  accused the government of hiding the real figures.

“The global community cannot assist us when we are hiding our statistics and our challenges to fight the pandemic,” she said.

Mutharika declared a state of disaster on March 23 to combat the virus. There is no lockdown but schools are closed and the government says it is urging people to work from home and follow hand-washing and social-distancing guidelines.

All social gatherings of more than 100 people, such as funerals, church services and political rallies, have been banned.

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Kamuzu Mbewe
Kamuzu Mbewe
1 year ago

Can the Government just create a hotline where we can report “suspects” who have ignored the need to go into isolation after travelling to risky places, as well as other covidiots.
There is an executive at Press Corporation who recently travelled to UK, never self-isolated, and is still going to the office – real satan

Super power
Super power
1 year ago

Mr Max Lawson does not have a clue of what he is talking about. He contradicts himself or is it the reporter? Do not speak on something you do not have information on.

DPP is Doomed
DPP is Doomed
1 year ago

Every cash gater who sends kids to Bishop
Mackenzie is now worried. Just a thought.

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
1 year ago
Reply to  DPP is Doomed

Poor man. Thinking like a virus. Wizzard!!!

DPP is Doomed
DPP is Doomed
1 year ago

@ Agenda. I hit a nail on your head! Cashgaters get pissed with the truth. Corona Virus is coming after you and all who steal taxpayers money.

N one
1 year ago

It’s just a virus.

Upperlite
Upperlite
1 year ago

Bishop Mackenzie International School? COVID-19??? Shaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!
God protect us.

NAME
NAME
1 year ago
Reply to  Upperlite

What about that relative of yours who died of HIV/AIDS?

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