LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-In the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered 537 new COVID-19 cases, 609 new recoveries and 19 new deaths. All cases are locally transmitted: 116 from Lilongwe, 94 from Blantyre, 65 from Zomba, 35 from Mzimba North, 24 from Chikwawa, 20 each from Dedza and Rumphi, 19 from Mchinji, 17 from Karonga, 15 from Mangochi, 14 from Mzimba South, 12 from Phalombe, 11 each from Mangochi and Salima, nine from Nkhotakota, seven from Mulanje, six from Ntcheu, five each from Balaka, Chitipa, Dowa, and Nsanje, four each from Chiradzulu, Nkhata Bay, and Thyolo, three each from Kasungu and Mwanza, two each from Neno and Ntchisi Districts.

19 new deaths were registered in the past 24 hours; six from Blantyre, four from Dedza, three from Kasungu, and one each from Lilongwe, Mulanje, Mzimba South, Chiradzulu, Rumphi, and Ntchisi Districts.

To the families that have lost their loved ones during this pandemic, may you find peace, hope and love during this difficult time. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 54,715 cases including 1,748 deaths (Case Fatality Rate is at 3.19%). Of these cases, 2,590 are imported infections and 52,125 are locally transmitted.

Cumulatively, 40,450 cases have now recovered (recovery rate of 73.9%) and 232 were lost to follow-up.

This brings the total number of active cases to 12,285. In the past 24 hours, there were 58 new admissions in the treatment units while 48 cases were discharged.

Currently, a total of 398 active cases are currently hospitalised: 102 in Blantyre, 90 in Lilongwe, 23 in Mzimba North, 28 in Zomba, 17 in Karonga, 15 in Kasungu, 13 each in Mchinji and Chiradzulu, 12 in Mulanje, eight in Ntcheu, seven each in Dowa, Thyolo, and Rumphi, six each in Balaka, Salima, and Ntchisi, five each in Nkhotakota and Neno, four each in Nkhata Bay, Mangochi, Chitipa, Dedza, and Phalombe, three each in Mzimba South and Machinga, and one each in Nsanje and Likoma Districts.

On testing, in the past 24 hours, 2,881 COVID-19 tests were conducted. Of these, 1,960 tests were through SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic test while the rest were through RT-PCR.

The positive cases out of the total number tested (past 24 hours) translates to a positivity rate of 18.6% while a weekly positivity rate (seven days moving average) is at 21.4%.

Cumulatively, 350,292 tests have been conducted in the country so far.

On COVID-19 vaccination, cumulatively 463,236 and 158,982 people have received the first dose and second dose respectively.

Over the past 24 hours 7,110 people received the first dose and 16,700 the second dose. A total of 622,218 vaccine doses has been administered in the country so far.

Today, I would like to remind the public that the Covid-19 vaccines are not contraindicated in pregnant and lactating mothers.

The benefits of pregnant women getting the vaccine and being protected from COVID-19 disease far outweighs the reported increased risk of having severe disease which can lead to death amongst pregnant women.

Lactating mothers can also get the vaccine and continue to breastfeed their children safely. COVID-19 vaccines are recommended in pregnancy.

Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both women and babies.

Further, I would like to inform the public that COVID-19 vaccine do not interfere with the fertility of a person or child bearing.

Those pregnant or planning to get pregnant together with everyone aged 18 years and above are encouraged to get vaccinated.

Just to emphasize that the vaccines are safe and effective and monitoring of adverse Effects following immunization is part and parcel of the immunization program in the country.

Let me appeal to those who have received and will receive any COVID-19 vaccines to report side effects, if any, to their attending health care workers at a nearby health facility.

The public is encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and not wait for a specific brand as all currently authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

Let me emphasize that though there are different types of COVID-19 vaccines, they do the same work of helping to reduce the risk of developing severe disease, hospitalization and deaths due to COVID-19

No one is safe until everyone else is safe. Get Vaccinated! Wear Face Mask! Protect yourself.
Protect your loved ones. Protect everyone. Call toll free 929.

Hon. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, MP, MINISTER OF HEALTH

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