‘We need to be alert’: Malawi fear second coronavirus  wave

Authorities on coronavirus (Covid-19) are warning that people should not be complecent on virus pandemic, saying coronavirus is still ravaging and killing many and that  communities should  guard against a possible Covid-19 second wave by sticking to basic preventive measures.

Phuka: Noted with concern that of all preventive measures, wearing of face masks appear to have gone down.
The media being briefed on Covid-19
Phuka in a group phot with the media after the briefing

Chairperson of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 Dr. John Phuka  said this on Saturday during an interface with the media in Dowa on Covid-19.

He said people should continue to adhere to set preventive measures.

“If you go around you will see that people are not wearing mask even in funerals people are relaxing and if you go to church, it’s the same this pauses danger for the second wave attack,” he said.

Phuka says the trend in the southern African region where the virus is still ravaging poses a threat of a second wave of the pandemic in Malawi.

The taskforce has since challenged the media to scale-up dissemination of Covid-19 preventive measures.

The taskforce observes that people are already ignoring measures such as wearing of face masks and frequent hand washing and that some materials that were put in market places or shops have been removed.

According to the Covid 19 briefs , new cases are locally transmitted infections: two from Blantyre Health District and one from Salima Health District. Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 6,028 cases including 185 deaths.

“Of these cases, 1,177 are imported infections and 4,851 are locally transmitted. Cumulatively, 5,454 cases have now recovered, 102 were lost to follow-up, and 242 are still being investigated to ascertain their outcome. This brings the total number of active cases to 44.

“The average age of the cases is 36.7 years, the youngest case being aged 1 month, the oldest being 98 years old and 68.3% are male.,” he said.

About 74,010 tests have been conducted in the country so far.

Society of Medical Doctors president Victor Mithi said chances for  a new wave of the Covid 19 attack for Malawi  were high, especially in the face of continued relaxation by the public in following up precautionary measures, including use of face masks, washing hands with soap and restrictions on public gatherings.

Malawi fully reopened schools and colleges in October after a partial opening in September. The schools and colleges were closed in March as a precautionary measure against further spread of coronavirus.

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Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
7 months ago

Adhering to COVID 19 preventive measures is a huge challenge in Malawi. Right at the state house, some journalists were not wearing face masks during press briefing. In mini buses, at market squares, on the streets, at the funerals, in the churches etc, people stopped adhering to these measures. It’s very sad.

Last edited 7 months ago by Mwini muzi
Wiseup
Wiseup
7 months ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

True that except the ‘it’s very sad’ part. The conclusion should of been “and no one is sick”. We never had an outbreak and a second one is never coming. The best is to have life back like in Tz.

Ndatha one wanu
Ndatha one wanu
7 months ago

Really? A second wave of allowances! What did we learn from the first wave? That over 70% of Corona money was spent on allowances! The second wave . . . Bring it on! Crisses make people rich! We know countries who have suffered from this Corona and may the good Lord be with those here and beyond who have suffered loss of a loved one. But as a country we have no right discussing a second wave! We never had the first! And praise God for that. Just relax the rules and let life return to normal. Many people have… Read more »

Ndatha one wanu
Ndatha one wanu
7 months ago

Oh?

Moqtadar al Sadir
7 months ago

Please don’t behave as if Malawi has been hit hard. It’s now known that Covid-19 hits had the old and those with underlying issues. Why should we talk of a second wave now? The UK starts vaccinating her citizens next week and the USA the FDA approve the Pfizer vaccine in two weeks. Covid-19 is going and no second wave and no allowances for you.

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
7 months ago

Not according Anthony Faucci who advised continual use of face masks even after vaccination

Chimidzi
Chimidzi
7 months ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

Faucci is up to no good. We had no first wave in the first place and it has nothing to do with these so called health experts.

Chisale
Chisale
7 months ago

What a joke!! So indoors where masks should be worn you have only one wearing a mask and outside for a photo, everyone is putting on a mask.
These are the people we should be listening to.

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