Malawi Records 6 New COVID-19 Cases

Dr. Namarika (middle) breaking the news Dr. Namarika (middle) breaking the news - pic by Happy Njalam'mano

A number of people tested COVID-19 positive in Malawi has risen from 17 to 23 after six new cases were confirmed in capital Lilongwe on Wednesday.

Breaking the news on Wednesday in Blantyre, Ministry of Health Principal Secretary, Dr. Dan Namalika, said the cases have been registered in the high populated areas of Kaliyeka and Area 25.

“Of the six, one traveled from India and lives in Area 3. One traveled from Tanzania and lives at Kaliyeka. The person from Kaliyeka lives with other four people who have also tested positive. One of the six has other health complications but the other five are in mild condition,” said Dr. Namarika.

Dr. Namarika said the cases are a concern because they have been recorded in high populated areas.

“These cases are quiet special and a concern because Kaliyeka is a high density area. One of the contacts does not stay at Kaliyeka but at Area 25.

“In terms of tracing, we need to trace further contacts of these new six cases. Our tracking is now broader and may not be very easy,” he said.

Dr. Namarika has, however, expressed a great concern over truck drivers who he says refuse quarantine and physical distancing, saying this is a setback in the fight against the deadly corona.

He said the COVID-19 in the country is now an issue that needs the country to make a decision and should be made now.

Dr. Namarika urged Malawians to choose life as quoted from Deuteronomy 30 verse 19 of the bible.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 22/04/2020

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