Local COVID-19 infections surge

Dr John Phuka

Malawi has registered 83 new COVID-19 cases, 12 new recoveries and one new death. Most of the patients contracted the virus locally.

“Of the new cases are locally transmitted infections: 48 from Blantyre, 20 from Lilongwe, three each from Mzimba North and Nsanje, two from Balaka and one each from Kasungu and Zomba.

"Five of the cases are imported infections two from Lilongwe (travelled to Tanzania), two from Kasungu (one travelled to Tanzania the other one from Democratic Republic of Congo) and one from Karonga (travelled to Tanzania),” said Malawi's COVID-19 Taskforce in a statement.

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The statement further said the new death was that of a 26-year-old man who died on 28 December 2020 and buried as a COVID-19 suspect and has recently been confirmed as a one. 

"While we have registered the highest number of new cases since we started observing an increase of new cases two weeks ago, the number of admissions has increases to a new cumulative highest. 

"To protect ourselves, we need to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 preventive and containment measures. Let me remind the public that some of the COVID-19 preventive measures have multiple benefits. They also help to reduce the spread of other diseases," said the co-chairperson of the COVID-19 taskforce Dr John Phuka.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 6,471 cases including 189 deaths. Of these cases, 1,367 are imported infections and 5,104 are locally transmitted. Of the 398  active cases,16 are currently admitted. Six are at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe while 10 are at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.