Malawi Registers 49 New COVID-19 Cases, Six New Deaths

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The Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 says in the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered 49 new COVID-19 cases, 145 new recoveries, and six new deaths.

According to the Taskforce,four of the new deaths are from Lilongwe, and one each from Blantyre and Karonga.

The Taskforce says of the new cases, 42 are locally transmitted infections and seven are imported infections.

“Of the locally transmitted infections, 17 are from Blantyre, 13 from Lilongwe, five from Zomba, four from Thyolo, two from Mzimba North and one from Chikwawa,”

“Five imported cases were identified at the Songwe and Mwanza borders. Two of these cases are from Machinga and one each from Dedza and Mzimba North, and one is a Zimbabwean. The other two imported cases are recent arrivals at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa,” reads a statement issued by the Taskforce.

According to a statement, cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 4,624 cases including 143 deaths.

“Of these cases, 1,031 are imported infections and 3,593 are locally transmitted. Cumulatively, 2,329 cases have now recovered bringing the total number of active cases to 2,152. The average age of the cases is 36.7 years, the youngest case being aged 1 month, the oldest being 93 years and 66.8% are male,”

“The country has so far conducted 34,443 COVID- 19 tests in 45 COVID-19 testing sites of which 392 tests have been done in the past 24 hours,” reads a statement.

The Taskforce urges people to follow all precautionary measures to see-off the pandemic.