23 New Asylum Seekers Arrive at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa Despite COVID 19 Threat

23 New Asylum Seekers Arrive at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa Despite COVID 19 Threat

UNHCR Country representative for Malawi Fatima Mohammed confirmed that Malawi continues to receive asylum seekers despite the threat of the covid19 pandemic.

The 23 who are under observation at Dzaleka refugee camp in Dowa are a group that arrived this month.

She says out of this group, 3 have tested positive for Coronavirus and are in quarantine

"We have 23 new arrivals of asylum seekers and every time we have new asylum seekers we keep them at Te reception center and monitor them for 14 days" Mohammed said.

She made the remarks Tuesday in Dowa during official the opening of Dzaleka Quarantine, Isolation and Treatment centre which has a bed capacity of 50 patients.

Secretary for Homeland Security, Harry Kanjewe says his ministry is working hand in hand with ministry of Health to ensure that everyone entering the country is tested for Coronavirus.

"We are working hand in hand with ministry of health making sure that everyone who enters the country is tested for Coronavirus, " Kanjewe said.

Dowa District has recorded 5 positive Coronavirus virus cases so far. Three of these are at the refugee camp.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 16/06/2020

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