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Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 update (April 9, 2021)

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Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 update (April 9, 2021)

Malawi has registered 41 new cases of COVID-19, 99 new cases of recovery and one new death. All new cases are transmitted locally: 13 from Thyolo, nine from Blantyre, eight from Lilongwe, two each from Dowa and Ntchisi, and one each from Balaka, Mzimba Sud, Neno, Nkhata Bay, Ntcheu, Salima and Zomba districts. A new death has been recorded and is from Blantyre. To the families who lost their loved one during this pandemic, may you find peace, hope and love in these difficult times. May the departed souls rest in peace.
In total, Malawi has recorded 33,779 cases including 1,126 deaths (the case fatality rate is 3.33%). Of these cases, 2,123 are imported infections and 31,656 are transmitted locally. A total of 31,239 cases have now recovered (92.5% cure rate) and 134 have been lost to follow-up. This brings the total number of active cases to 1,280. Seven cases were hospitalized while three were discharged. A total of 29 active cases are hospitalized: 11 in Blantyre, 9 in Lilongwe, 3 in Mchinji, 2 in Salima and one in the districts of Balaka, Dowa, Mzimba North and Zomba. During testing, 699 COVID-19 tests were performed. Of these, 148 tests were performed through the SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test, while the rest were performed by RT-PCR. Positive cases over the total (24 hours) results in a positivity rate of 5.9% while a weekly positivity rate (seven-day moving average) is 4.9%. A total of 222,695 tests have been conducted in the country to date. During the COVID-19 vaccination, 193,627 cumulative doses were administered in the country, of which 10,237 were administered in 24 hours.
Let me stress that everyone is at risk of contracting COVID-19, but let me remind the public that COVID-19 is often more severe in the elderly and / or those with health conditions like children. lung or heart disease, diabetes (sugar disease), hypertension (high BP), tuberculosis and HIV, asthma or conditions that affect their immune system. It has been observed that many people are not aware that they have these underlying conditions and only become aware of them when they have an infection with COVID-19 and in most cases the disease becomes severe. . It is important that everyone is screened systematically for these underlying conditions. For those who have these chronic illnesses, it is important to make sure that the chronic illness you are living with is under control; this means making sure that you take regular medication for diabetes (sugar disease), hypertension (high blood pressure), HIV, tuberculosis and asthma.
As COVID-19 vaccination progresses, I would like to call on people aged 60 and over and those with co-morbidities to seriously consider getting vaccinated, as COVID-19 has been observed to affect more negatively the elderly and people with a pre-existing chronic disease. . The vaccine will help protect these categories of people from COVID-19 or from becoming seriously ill even if acquired. Widespread use of the vaccine can reduce the rate of spread in the community and reduce the chances of a new variant. The COVID-19 vaccine is being deployed to help reduce deaths, the risk of hospitalization and serious illness from COVID-19. Please take note that all vaccination sites will remain open this weekend and let us take this opportunity and get vaccinated.
In order to suppress and reduce the spread of the disease, we need combined interventions. Compliance with preventive measures and vaccination. The following preventative measures should be our daily routine, regardless of status: washing hands frequently with soap, wearing a mask properly, avoiding crowded areas, practicing cough and sneeze etiquette, stay at home if you have flu-like symptoms and decontaminate commonly affected surfaces. 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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