One Indian national dies as Covid-19 devastates Salima Sugar factory

An Indian national, who was in a group of 40 compatriots that arrived in the country to work at Salima Sugar Factory, has died from what is suspected to be a deadly Indian variant of Covid-19 case.

The Company’s Secretary Dr. Charles Thupi while confirming the death only said the deceased was pronounced dead upon arrival at Kamuzu Central Hospital on Monday.

Thupi refused to speak anything more.

Some of the labourers/workers imported from India doing menial work

Sixteen of the Indian nationals who arrived in the country in four groups two weeks ago, through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe tested Covid-19 positive although they flashed negative Covid-19 certificates upon their arrival.

The lives of 4,500 workers at Salima Sugar Factory are under threat following the development, prompting Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda to order mass testing and mandatory two-week quarantine for all Indians working at the factory in the lakeshore district last Wednesday.

Reports also show that the factory has been temporarily closed in order to let all workers tested.

Lobin Lowe touring Salima Sugar factory

Chiponda and other officials from her ministry toured the factory Wednesday last week when it was established that some of the new arrivals at the factory had tested positive for the coronavirus which could be a virulent double mutant detected in the Asian country.

Chaponda indicated that they will send the samples to South Africa for further test to ensure what they are dealing with.

“We want conduct aggressive contact tracing so that people are protected from any new variant,” Chiponda said.

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Mary
Mary
7 days ago

They shouldn’t have been allowed in the first place. They have put Malawians at risk

Mmalawi
Mmalawi
8 days ago

Aggressive contact trace my foot pamalawi pamene tikunenapa?.was very disappointed to jow malawi is dealing with visitors coming to our country.all they know is copying what other western countries are doing.in malawi how can you be asked at the air to provide your address and phone number to where in amalawi you are going to and never trace you.As a country pena pake pamaperewera chifukwa contact trace ikunenedwayi I think imagwira kumene boma limatha kumupanga trace munthu osati zapamalawi.ine ndinalowa kubwerera even single day anandiimbirako kufunsa and covid certificate imene ndinali nayo palibe amene anaiona komanso kufunsa.

Steve Mathambo Ngoma
Steve Mathambo Ngoma
8 days ago

Malawi Malawi Malawi this is not child’s play, other countries with lots of resources to fight Covid stopped travelers from India. Malawi Malawi why risk the lives of millions of people with these so called expatriates.

Yobe Saikonde
Yobe Saikonde
8 days ago

Ok

Kambewa Ngozo
8 days ago

FOSEKI
Why import people from India to work as labours when we have people in Malawi who can do the same job. FOSEKI if they came to Malawi to work who approved work permit? Bringing fake covid19 certificate ndi mlandu paokha.
A Malawi tiyeni tikonde dziko Lanthu.

Kuduhunter
Kuduhunter
8 days ago

This is our governments fault allowing all this crap knowingly that there was an outbreak in India yet allowed them in, when will this bloody gov take responsibility and act all greed and corrupt must be bribed to let them in
Any why the fuck do we need them i am sure there are capable and educated indigenous Malawians who can run the plant
No testing send them back !

ANDREW DAVID J. NDOVIE
ANDREW DAVID J. NDOVIE
9 days ago

Instead of wasting all that time why wouldn’t the ministry concerned first deport these so called Expatriates and then deal with local who might have had physical contact. Otherwise to be very honest upon arrival in India and Pakistan they would deport you immediately why do seem to be hesitant on such a matter? That is where loophole of corruption turn to start to grow once we yes no should be no you will see sanity returning to its course. God bless Malawi and Government officials they have tried to contain the virus by any means framed viable.

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