North Malawi record first Covid-19 case in Karonga: Patient had returned from Tanzania

A first case of  coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic patient in the northern region has been recorded in border district of Karonga, Minister of Health Jappie Mhango has  confirmed.

Minister Mhango: North now has Covid-19 as the whole Malawi records 34  cases, including three deaths. Lilongwe has the highest number of cases at 22.

Mhango said on Sunday from northern city of Mzuzu that a 27 year-old man who had travelled to Tanzania has tested positive of Covid-19.

The minister said the patient has been quarantined to receive medical care.

He said the Ministry of Health (MoH) will trace dozens of  people who had  been in contact with the patient.

The Karonga patient announcement  comes after  another man who recently returned from Tanzania succumbed to the novel pandemic.

Currently, the capital Lilongwe is the Covid-19 red zone with  22 cases, Blantyre has eight with one death while Chikwawa, Zomba and Nkhotakota have one case each.

A mathematical modelling estimates that 50 000 people may die of Covid-19 in Malawi if the pandemic persists for a year with Lilongwe being the hardest hit.

On December 31 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) was alerted of several cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. WHO declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 12 2020.

President Peter Mutharika declared Malawi a State of Disaster on March 20 in the wake of the virus pandemic and announced several precautionary measures, including closure of schools and banning of gatherings of more than 100 people.

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Bristone Mabichi
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Bristone Mabichi

What has transpired about the COVID19 in karonga is very questionable. Why are we handling this issue as if someone is selling Indian hemp. First and foremost, there is nothing like korona as said by health personnel. If anything this is the time the person will get it because the govt wants to prove its point. They will give him the virus, period. We need transparency in fight against the epidemic.

Gabor
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Gabor

Sanamtchule dzina kumusungila chinsisi akuti coz of ufulu wa chinsisi pa matenda. But is said to be a Tonga tribe waku nkhatabay was coming from Tanzania accompanied by two others.

Concerned citizen
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The fact that at this date, we are still arguing the basics to combat Covid-19 while Senegal’s Anti Dubesta laboratory is producing $1 test kits and $60 ventilators, is both shocking and very worrisome to say the least. Are we so inept and devoid of any sense of leadership on all sides of the political spectrum, that we cannot agree on the best approach to serve our nation’s populus? I feel we should all be embarrassed, that we are all treating this pandemic as a podium for scoring political points. On Covid let us all come up with workable solutions,… Read more »

Bristone Mabichi
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Bristone Mabichi

Wise one, you have good ideas but those with power and no ideas will not listen to you. Anyway, it’s good that you have said it: Only God knows, …

king
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king

great say buddy!!

Ziggy
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Ziggy

Tiye nawoni kumeneko paja akuti kulibe corona

Gabor
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Gabor

Sunamve Kuti ndi first case ? Does this mean Was there corona to your understanding ku mpoto? Hahaha nzamu air izi zilive mtundu Kaya maphunziro . Kaya ndi mtundu wanji ayi sizandale izi learn from South Africa both parties and individuals are bound together fighting the pandemic you Malawi busy politicising and crushing each other even on small thing that could same lives shame.

Mthetwa
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27 years old man opanda dzina stupid government

ignatius
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Bwana Mthetwa musaonetse umbuli pa Medical Ethics, u don’t disclose the identity of a patient according to the Medical Ethis, mwina nthawi zina kungokhala osapanga comment to avoid exposing your ignorance

Louis Banda
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Louis Banda

What about the names of patients we know from other countries include the prince from England , should we say they do not follow medical ethics there?

ignatius
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Their laws are allowing them but at the same time in England the The prime minister and Prince Charles asked the medics to disclose their identities but the rest of thousands patients no one has disclosed the identities, why? Hippocratic Oath bwana

Tembo
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Tembo

Judge Kenyatta will now take corona-virus seriously now that it has entered his home.

ignatius
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It is my hope too

Timomtumbo
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Wooow I thought Corona attacks people only. How come it has started attacking dark tumbukas?

Ida
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Ida

You are a disgrace to mankind. Are u an angel yourself?

Ngulukira
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Ngulukira

God will punish you even if you hide your identity. You will suffer from a very painful and incurable sickness until you come in open to confess that you spoken against God’s own people. All people belong to God and He cherishes them.

Lebwede
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God cherishes people not perfect models of devil like dark tumbukas.

Gabor
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Gabor

He’s not even a tumbuka sorry for your own personal information given the person infected with covid19 is Tonga. For now not yet received case from the hatred tribe of tumbuka sorry. The person who is said to be infected by covid19 as first case in the north was coming from Tanzania accompanied by two others. We know you have a hate with the tumbuka tribe rumphi and you can’t sleep seeing them arrive yes. But we don’t see any deference btwn you and tumbuka people. Mtambo is mwaulambia tribe from chitipa . North and tumbuka people are two different.

Ntonjani
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In Malawi all people from the dead north are called tumbukas because of their semblance to devil in deeds. Just look at the conduct of the Livingstonia synod and tell us if really there is God in the north. You all need deliverance uko kukaya.

jogoda
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jogoda

no no no pliz respect each other. ndibwino kukhala chete if ur angry. tilakwila yehova mumalankulidwe.

ignatius
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kkkkkkkkkkk

Zio ine
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Zio ine

Continue living in denial and when it hits hard the same stupid people will blame government.

Zilirakhasu
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Zilirakhasu

Foolish DPP troll. No one is living in denial. What we are saying is why should this foolish regime leave Covid positive people in the general population as if it is just malaria? And are you stupid enough to believe that Covid will be asking people whether they are DPP and leave them alone? When it hits hard we will ALL suffer. Being in Government means looking after the welfare of all the citizens. Just testing people for the sake of announcing numbers is not something a responsible government should be doing. When people demand that this government should do… Read more »

The SNIPER
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The SNIPER

This is what we all know, if some one has tested positive, the Authorities has to take the person and quarantine him or her, treat the person. Now why the KK man was not and or is not quarantined? Kaliyeka people? Are they quarantined as well?

Banda
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Banda

Some of these people are refusing because misinformation from the opposition MCP and UTM. The government can’t use the police to forcefully quarantine them. In fact, corrupt judges are ready to rule against government if these same people go to court. So, sense can only come to MCP, UTM, HRDC and judges when Covid kills many people

The Dangerous Protocol.
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The Dangerous Protocol.

If the answer you have provided here is a sense of argument only,I give you a credit but if it is true, then the Government is not serious fighting against the spread of the virus. I see the responsibility of the Government as poor and very much poor for that matter.

Drogba
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I.hope HRDC, Nyondo, Livingstonia, Traphwisi, Mtulembo and Co. will now.come.flat out kukatenga injunction ku.court stopping spread of corona kumtundako and Madise or Kenyatta will.grant it

Gabor
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Gabor

How I wish Malawi to go on lockdown and be the witness of their own situations after the lockdown. Hrdc , Kenyatta please beg you even the opposition leaders step aside for the advice wanted to share with DPP on lockdown so that they should not be politicising on you. We know what lockdown is and are the moment here in South Africa are still on lockdown. So if others say let’s do it but in this way sangamve atagwamo . Kenyatta chotsani chiletso cha lockdown injunction anawa aone Kuti lockdown ndichani.

ignatius
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Kenyatta azidzola mafuta osalalitsa maonekedwe a munthu ngati si Judge, ngati adzukulu a kumanda

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