Malawians have been put on alert on a mutated variant of the novel coronavirus many countries including some African countries such as South Africa, which are said to be spreading faster than the primary variant as the country has registered 23 new Covid-19 cases from the 272 tests done by Tuesday bringing the total number of active cases to 323.
In a Tuesday’s situation report from co-chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, Dr. John Phuka, the country has registered no new recoveries, and no new deaths.
Of the new cases, the report says, 17 are locally transmitted infections: 12 from Blantyre, four from Lilongwe and one from Thyolo while six cases are imported infections identified through routine screening at Mwanza border.
Three of these imported cases are from Blantyre, and one each from Mangochi, Mzimba South and Zomba Districts.
Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 6,377 cases including 188 deaths and of these cases, 1,366 are imported infections and 5,015 are locally transmitted.
Cumulatively, 5 682 cases have now recovered, 108 were lost to follow-up, and 76 are still being investigated to ascertain their outcome.
The report says of the active cases, 14 cases are currently admitted — seven at Kamuzu Central Hospital and seven at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
Phuka says in his report that the data shows that active cases has surpassed the 300 mark since the lowest record of 30 active cases two and half weeks ago.
“This alarming speed with 10-fold increase and at least three times doubling speed in just two weeks,” he said.
“Also note that local transmission has surpassed the 5 000 mark. Much as we have imported cases influencing the status, community transmission is also rising especially in Blantyre and Lilongwe – the disease hotspot districts.
“This is a big challenge at a time when many factors put us at high risk of contracting the disease.”
Phuka warns of a new, potentially more infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 said to be spreading faster than the primary variant.
“This is putting everyone at high risk of contracting this virus especially that we have socio-economic travels with these countries.
“The risk is even higher during this festive holidays when travel and celebrations are at peak. Correspondingly, as the number of cases is rising so is the number of admissions as well as deaths.”
To avoid these devasting outcomes, Phuka urges the to adhere to all preventive measures of Covid-19 as taught by Ministry of Health such as washing hands, wearing face mask and social distance as well as seeking care early upon development of symptoms of Covid-19.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :