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Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 update (April 30, 2021)

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Malawi has recorded 16 new cases of COVID-19, 28 new cases of recovery and no new deaths. Of the new cases, 13 are transmitted locally: six from Blantyre, five from Lilongwe and one each from Chikwawa and Dowa districts, while three cases are imported: two from Salima (from India) and one from Lilongwe (from Brazil). No new deaths were recorded.

Malawi has recorded 34,078 cases including 1,148 deaths (the case fatality rate is 3.37%). Of these cases, 2,160 are imported infections and 31,918 are transmitted locally. Cumulatively, 32,051 cases have now recovered (94.1% cure rate) and 134 have been lost to follow-up. This brings the total number of active cases to 745. There were two new admissions to the treatment units and three cases were released.

A total of 12 active cases are hospitalized: six in Blantyre, four in Lilongwe and one in the districts of Mzimba Nord. During testing, 502 COVID-19 tests were performed. Of these, 75 tests were performed through the SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test, while the rest were performed by RT-PCR. Positive cases out of the total result in a positivity rate of 3.2% while a weekly positivity rate (seven-day moving average) is 2.8%. A total of 232,358 tests have been conducted in the country to date. During the COVID-19 vaccination, 296,127 cumulative doses were administered in the country, with 5,783 administered in 24 hours.

Most of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 that are reported daily are transmitted locally, indicating that we still have community transmission of COVID-19 in our country, hence the need to strictly adhere to prevention and containment measures. of COVID-19. Let me remind the public that some of the preventative measures against COVID-19 have multiple benefits. In addition to preventing the spread of COVID-19, they also help reduce the spread of other diseases. For example, washing hands with soap also helps prevent other illnesses such as dysentery and cholera. We should wash our hands frequently with soap as our daily habit with or without COVID-19. Face masks, in addition to reducing the spread of COVID-19, also play an important role in the prevention and control of other infectious respiratory diseases such as the flu.

In order to further reduce the spread of the coronavirus among us, the most important preventive measures we should adhere to are observing physical distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, including wearing a face shield and ensuring adequate ventilation during indoor activities. These measures are essential to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Everyone must continue to take steps to protect themselves and others from the transmission of COVID-19. Additionally, it’s important to avoid the “ 3 C ” settings where COVID-19 spreads most easily: crowds, close contact settings, and confined spaces.
Regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, I would like to inform the general public that the vaccination exercise is continuing in all government and CHAM facilities and that we have adequate stocks of vaccine. We have trained more health workers to make sure we have adequate staff at the vaccination sites. I would like to ask all people aged 18 and over to take this opportunity to get vaccinated in order to be protected against serious illnesses, the risk of hospitalization or death from COVID-19. I appeal especially to those who, by the nature of their profession, interact daily with many people, such as those who work in banks, shops, vendors and those in the transport sector, to come and be vaccinated .

Let me remind everyone to avoid unnecessary travel at this time and if you must adhere to all measures.

No one is safe until everyone is safe. To get vaccinated. Protect yourself. Protect your loved ones. Protect everyone. Call 929 toll free.

Hon. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, MP
HEALTH MINISTER
CO-CHAIR – PRESIDENTIAL WORKING GROUP

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