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Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 update (May 2, 2021)

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Malawi has recorded one new case of COVID-19, five new recoveries and no new deaths. The new case is transmitted locally and originates from the Blantyre district. No new deaths were recorded.

In total, Malawi has recorded 34,096 cases, including 1,148 deaths (the case fatality rate is 3.37%). Of these cases, 2,162 are imported infections and 31,934 are transmitted locally. A total of 32,069 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 no new admissions to the treatment units and no cases were released. A total of seven active cases are hospitalized: four in Lilongwe, two in Blantyre and one in the districts of Mzimba Nord. During testing, 129 COVID-19 tests were performed. Of these, 22 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 0.8% while a weekly positivity rate (seven-day moving average) is 2.1%. A total of 233,278 tests have been conducted in the country to date. During the COVID-19 vaccination, 302,206 cumulative doses were administered in the country and 1,440 were administered in 24 hours.

COVID-19 data in our country shows that most cases (> 80%) have mild symptoms or not at all and it is advisable to self-isolate at home. The same data indicates that we still have over 700 active cases and that these can potentially transmit the infection if the measures are not followed. It is important that those who have tested positive and who self-isolate at home should strictly follow the isolation rules so as not to spread the disease to other people in the household and to other members of the community. Those who are contacts of confirmed cases should be in quarantine. This is very important because it will help reduce and stop human-to-human transmission of the virus. When caring for a COVID-19 patient at home, it is necessary to strictly observe infection prevention and control practices. I would like to share some tips to help people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in self-isolation at home;
• Separate yourself from other people in your house, in a well ventilated room. Your
the family must not stay or sleep in the same room as you.
• Use a separate bathroom. If you must share a bathroom, clean it with household disinfectant or soap after each use.
• Avoid sharing objects and the same spaces with other people and clean surfaces often.
• Do not share utensils (plates, spoons, cups) with other family members during isolation.
• Stay at least 1 meter away from other people in the house.
• Wear medical masks properly to help prevent the spread of disease to others. The mask should be changed every day and whenever it gets wet or dirty from secretions.
• Cough or sneeze into the crease of your elbow. You can also cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in a dedicated bin. This should be followed by hand hygiene
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 40 seconds or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• When possible, it is recommended to select a household member with no underlying conditions to care for the patient.
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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