Malawi see spike in coronavirus, cases jump to 730 as death toll now 11

Coronavirus cases are spiking in the country  as 110 new cases, three deaths, and 167 recoveries were recorded on Saturday, the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has disclosed.

A woman and her child wear face masks as preventive measure against the COVID-19, in her shop inLilongwe City market 

Death of  three men, aged deaths 50, 26 and 45 years, were reported from Mzuzu, Karonga and Blantyre and has brought the total number of deaths from the virus pandemic to 11.

Of the new virus cases, 103 were detected from the 457 returnees from South Africa, the country hit harder than any other in Africa that arrived two-days ago through Mwanza Boarder and Kamuzu International Airport,  raising fears the figures will increase even more.

The other seven confirmed cases are two from Lilongwe and are health workers, two from Mzimba, and one from each of the following districts, Dowa, Salima, and Chitipa.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 730 cases including 11 deaths, 258 have now recovered and 461 cases are still active.

“We are calling all those that left the holding centres without receiving their test results to immediately contact their nearest District Health Offices,” said co-chairperson of the Covid-19 taskforce Dr John Phuka.

“Let me also remind those that have been found Covid-19 positive to strictly adhere to isolation rules and those found negative to strictly adhere to self-quarantine rules for 14 days. Our health authorities are available in all the districts to provide necessary support,” Phuka said.

The average age of the cases is 32 years, the youngest case is aged one year, the oldest is 78 years and 70 percent are male.

Malawi has so far conducted 10,790 virus tests in 34 testing sites.

Critics blame the government for failing to enforce anti-coronavirus measures, which include social distancing, use of face masks and closing borders to prevent imported coronavirus.

President Peter Mutharika said his administration has tried to contain the spread of the virus but politics has undermined those efforts. The country is preparing for a June 23 presidential election.

A survey about public perception of virus pandemic has shown that 82 percent of Malawians are more scared of hunger than being infected with coronavirus.

Boniface Dulani the research director at the Institute for Public Opinion and Research, which conducted the survey, said their findings also show that Malawians support that the elections should be held notwithstanding the risk of coronavirus.

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BAKALI
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Numbers will surely rise, hopefully not the deaths

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

The story and figures don’t make sense.

lameki
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Your comments are always stupid to the core.

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

Better than yours lameki though. Btw, agogo akupachila lachiwili.

Peter Bakali
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Peter Bakali

Malawi has opened all its Land Borders but they have NOT yet Opened Incoming and Outgoing Flights till Date still the Cases are Increasing Every Day in Malawi

All Citizens of Malawi You people should take seriously this Virus otherwise more people are going to Day and Malawi does NOT have Good Medical Facilities in Any Hospital

good
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good

Stupidity will finish us off. Once all these politicians are comfortable in power there will still be no hope for the ordinary Malawian and we will die like flies

Malawi walero
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Malawi walero

Kuno ku joni madotolo ayima mutu ndi COVID 19. Nde tisamanene kuti president walakwisa nde tikunama abale. Mpakana pa kunoko ku joni tikadali pa lockdown today its 78days. Koma uko kumalawi moti tivomereze lockdown tinasangalala ndi kuvota nde tiyeni nazo mwina nkutheka enanu kongochoka kovota mkabwerako mtatenga COVID nkumwalirapo omuvoterayo ata osabwerako pamaliro anu. Nde tiyeni nazo muiona kuwawa nthendayi posachedwapa

ndalamahappy
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ndalamahappy

sono inu lockdown ikuthandiza chiyani ku john uko coz new cases are still skylocketing

Chimbiya
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Joyce Mtila Cashgate Banda says there is no corona virus, this is what Tonse Alliance a bunch of witches want

Pido
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Pido

Joyce vuto ndi sukulu. Makolo anayesetsa, iwe abiti Mtila, kwende ku sukulu, iye amvekele kusukulu kwanuko munkako nokha. Lero ndi izi, sangazimvetse

Political commentator
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There was NO CORONA until this foolish govt imported the virus from RSA and then stored it at KAMUZU stadium and later released it to the whole nation JUST LIKE THAT…..GOD is with us

C Banda
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C Banda

“Of the new virus cases, 103 were detected from the 457 returnees from South Africa … ”

Really, 23% of the returnees tested positive? Is that the prevailing rate in South Africa? I do not believe that! To me, it is more likely that the testing kits are buggered, as has been noted in the First World, where 30% from a certain batch from China were found to be unreliable.

Elsewhere on the internet, the Ministry of Health report that there are 9763 suspected cases in Malawi. That sort of number I do believe.
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C Banda
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C Banda

I got something wrong at the end of the second paragraph. I should have said that in only 30% of tests was the correct result obtained. That is to say, most tests gave the wrong result.

chataika
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chataika

Baba bring your testing kits now other than criticising.

Nzika
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Nzika

Zikawayezani ndi inuyo basi muzitiuza zenizeni. Munavapo kuti ku Malawi akupangako zipangizo zaku Lab?

Malawi belong to the citizens
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That’s what exactly DPP and president Peter Munthalika wanted.Aleader who wishes Malawians to suffer, because he wanted to keep the presidency to himself.Malawians vote Peter Munthalika out other wise tivutika zedi,Panja brain yake works so slow.This virus needs leaders who thinks faster,as the virus itself spreads fast.

Wa Aford
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You certainly don’t have balls.

Banda
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Banda

Shame those returning from the promise land of South Africa did not return when SA first entered lockdown in March. Now when SA is experiencing high daily numbers above 5,000 daily infections they decide to return while SA is re-opening being responsible for 90% of infections in Malawi. Government must ensure those returning from SA are isolating and those found infected who do not isolate should be jailed for spreading the virus. Many countries have 2 week quarantine requirements. Complete Lockdowns have Not worked in India , South Africa, Pakistan and many other countries because of poverty. What is important… Read more »

ERUTU
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ERUTU

True true true Achimwene 💪🏾✔️🇲🇼

Mbwiyembwiye
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Mbwiyembwiye

Malawi belongs to the citizen! This is what you wanted with your absurd courts. Refused lockdown. Don’t blame Muthsrika!!!

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