Malawi records highest number of Covid hospital admissions, death toll rises

Malawi has registered 562 new coronavirus (Covid-19)  in the last 24-hour reporting period and hospital deaths has risen by 9 amid a surge of infections, 18 new recoveries and the highest number of admissions at 167 in 18 hospitals across the country — with Blantyre still as the highest at 71.

Many are being buried  for Covid deaths

However, co-chairperson of the Presidential task force on Covid-19, Dr. John Phuka says “ all is not lost” in the battle against the pandemic.

“We should not despair or lose hope as we can stop the spread of the disease if all of us act decisively and choose to adhere to the preventive measures,” Phuka said.

“I have observed that there is fear, worry, stress and anxiety among  the public with how the disease is spreading. Let me point it out that these are expected responses to perceived or real threats, and at times when we are faced with uncertainty or the unknown.

“As such, it is expected that people are experiencing fear in the context  of the Covid-19 pandemic. Added to the fear of contracting the virus in a pandemic such as Covid-19 are the significant changes to our daily lives in support of efforts to contain and slow down the spread of the virus.”

Phuka, therefore, said it is important that the public should look  after their mental health, as well as their physical health wellbeing and encourages them to calm down and concentrate on how collectively they can stop the disease from spreading further.

“If we work together in unity and solidarity, we should be able to defeat this pandemic,” he added.

“It is important at this point that we should be able to identify through testing those that have the disease, isolate them while receiving appropriate care depending on the severity of the disease.

“The contacts of the confirmed cases should also be tested for Covid-19. If you feel stressed during this period, please seek psychosocial support by calling your nearest facility or by calling 54747 (Airtel) or 929 (TNM) or 0882 431 111.

“Coping with stress in a healthy way will make all of us stronger  in all ways and it will be easier to defeat the pandemic.”

He also observed that there is general late health seeking behaviour among people whereby patients are arriving late at treatment units while in severe state that is resulting in poor disease outcomes.

Malawi has so far confirmed about 10 000 coronavirus cases and 275 deaths – including two cabinet ministers.

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Marumbo
6 months ago

Chakwera was busy addressing his supporters yesterday from 8.30pm on TV. Nkhani zake zaziiii no strategy. And he has just confused education in his declarations. U president ogula kukhothi sizinthu

Sikelo Gonani
Sikelo Gonani
6 months ago

Malawi had very few cases before December, but thanks to non educated idiots who go to RSA illegally and return with the virus, and they don’t even understand the dangers of breaking quarantine rules. They have put the country in danger. They need to be traced and arrested.

Francis
6 months ago
Reply to  Sikelo Gonani

Uneducated my foot. How many companies does Malawi has to employ graduates? Most of the people who are here have either MSCE, diploma or degree but without jobs. Dont use your ass to think. Use your brain.

Cairo
Cairo
6 months ago

Tonse Alliance is now in trouble and they will find it very difficult to govern the country because of the fight against the pandemic. The fact that they were spreading news that there is no covid in Malawi, they need to come in the open and admit their stupidity over the issue. In fact, the Tonse Alliance got the govt thru backdoor and this is now the result. Trust me, they will not even build a bridge during the tenure of their office.

Nyoloka
Nyoloka
6 months ago
Reply to  Cairo

So in stead of focusing on your self, your life… you are busy focusing on the Govt… heal your brain it will help you not the Gvt, chicken head

Nyoni
Nyoni
6 months ago

Under the wise leadership of Lazarus MacArthur Chakwera. Munthu wosamva

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
6 months ago

pls presdent LMC osazungululilazungulila apa hetini. just nail that 6 inch last nail. tikudikilila briefing yakupsa. you have the word dont just swallow it. zikuwawani mmimba dhala.. .askool tsekani. ma prvate akulimbikila osanena ana omwe makolo olo relative ao akudwala olo amwalila ndi virus yi. akifuna akokele kuwaphuzitsa ana monday to sayday and one school cakuSanjikako amafuna ana aziphuzila monday to sunday. Tangotsekani kaye papiteko ka mphepo. Virus ikanazungulila msi mu zipatalamu we still having visitors hour!!! this is what we need the money cashagated. Introduction ya proper hospital meals . then we would not need visotors with sobos etc.… Read more »

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
6 months ago

zipangizo Mankhwala staff malo othandizila ma patient akupelewera. tili ndi manyumba a boma ongokhala komaso nyumba zogula zomanga ndi ndalama za cashgate zingokhala ena akubisala. thos is the time to unearth all this. kulibe nde mukuti riisk allowances. my foot. where in the world did you hear that healthcare staff gets risk allowances ?? can whoever imposing this stop the foolishness please. we are a laughing stock and we are mot serious LETS REMEMBER PLEASE THAT THIS IS A CRISIS .Is DPP alive when there was fashion show in that regime biying samoosa at 1 pin nkhuku at 35 pin… Read more »

NZERU NKUPANGWA
NZERU NKUPANGWA
6 months ago
Reply to  nafundo zalo

Healthcare workers do have risk allowances sometimes embedded in their other allowances. it is within their right to claim those allowances even in the midst of a pandemic.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
6 months ago

Thats news

Ngoni
Ngoni
6 months ago
Reply to  nafundo zalo

I can see that you are still obsessed with putting the blame on DPP but let me just remind you that DPP is no longer running the government. Talk of what the government is doing now or should be doing and what everyone, including you and me, should be doing. Period! DPP this! DPP that! For how long? The tonse alliance is now in government not the DPP!

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
6 months ago
Reply to  Ngoni

money spent carelessly then would have been used now

Guideon
Guideon
6 months ago

Please Please close the Schools life is very important than education and there is no future without life so Please Chakwera don’t do prove your stubbornness on this matter you have to put people’s lives first.

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
6 months ago
Reply to  Guideon

Are they going to close markets as well?

PelomaPepe
PelomaPepe
6 months ago
Reply to  Chiswa B

Your comparison of markets and schools is rather misguided. Markets are different from schools. Schools are largely occupied by children who may not always follow prevention measures

M'Malawi
M'Malawi
6 months ago
Reply to  PelomaPepe

This is misleading. Between the two, markets are more dangerous than schools, poor social distancing and hand washing. No authorities are enforcing Covid-19 restrictions in markets but there enforcement in schools. Komanso ana are not at as high risk of Covid-19 as adults.

Mpakateni
6 months ago

Young people are niw the biggest threat. For them it’s business as usual and they don’t listen to avdice from parents to do things differently. Dr. Phuka you are speaking like a medical professional, but anxiety among ordinary people cannot be ruled out. People are losing bread winners, come to think of that. Let’s all look up to our creator for the best protection.

NZERU NKUPANGWA
NZERU NKUPANGWA
6 months ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

looking up to an imagined creator doesnt yield anything. Read history

Mwana wa
Mwana wa
6 months ago

Please oh over smart learned one. Spare your nzeru to yourself please .

You might have a brain but you have a darkened heart & soul my friend.

Reason to my assumption is because your nzeru is running too fast, but respect of other’s beliefs is not your concern to discard and call imagined.

Learn with your big fat nzeru to teach yourself respect of others beliefs.

Life
Life
6 months ago

Malawi is a joke! How can we have a nutritionist lead in the fight against a pandemic when we have Public Health specialists in this particular area?

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
6 months ago
Reply to  Life

Yes Malawi is a joke full of people who think just like you.

Corona King
Corona King
6 months ago
Reply to  Life

Who is that Nutritionist? i wish to know him as well

Phwisa
Phwisa
6 months ago

Mine is a question to this committee. Is aware that private schools are hiding information about the presence of Convid amongst their students. One sure case case is at Kings Foundation Schools where a parent to one of the students had succumbed to Convid and their child who is a student at this school , tested positive and is at home.. At another privat3 school the one director who was managing the nursery section has died of Convid while the other director (the husband) is ICU at KCH.. But bloth schools are operating normally. Parents of students/ Learners do not… Read more »

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