LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-In the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered 28 new COVID-19 cases, 354 new recoveries and one new death. Of the new cases, 20 new cases are locally transmitted: five from Blantyre, four from Lilongwe, three from Chiradzulu, two from Mzimba North, and one each from Chikwawa, Chitipa, Dedza, Mangochi, Mzimba South, and Neno Districts while eight cases are imported and all are from Dowa District.

One new death was registered in the past 24 hours and is from Karonga.The new death was not vaccinated. 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 61,580 cases including 2,282 deaths (Case Fatality Rate is at 3.71%). Of these cases, 2,645 are imported infections and 58,935 are locally transmitted.

Cumulatively, 55,337 cases have now recovered (recovery rate of 89.9%) and 232 were lost to follow-up. This brings the total number of active cases to 3,729.

In the past 24 hours, there were six new admissions (four new admissions are not vaccinated while two are fully
vaccinated) in the treatment units while five cases were discharged.

Currently, a total of 30 active cases are currently hospitalised (no case is in critical condition): 11 in Lilongwe, eight in
Blantyre, two each in Mzimba North, Zomba, and Dowa, and one each in Mchinji, Karonga Balaka, Chiradzulu, and Mwanza Districts.

On testing, in the past 24 hours, 794 COVID-19 tests were conducted. Of these, 383 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 3.5% a weekly positivity rate (seven days moving average) is at 2.9%.

Cumulatively, 409,387 tests have been conducted in the country so far. On COVID-19 vaccination, a total of 1,054,636 vaccine doses has been administered in the country so far.

Cumulatively 557,761 and 253,438 people have received the first dose and second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine
respectively while 243,437 people have received Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Over the past 24 hours, 6,719 and 1,111 people have received first dose and second of AstraZeneca vaccine
respectively while 754 people have received Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Cumulatively, 496,875 people are fully vaccinated.

I would like to remind the public that pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding can get vaccinated as 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.

COVID-19 vaccines are recommended in pregnancy and they remain the best way to protect against the known or potential risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy.

It is recommended that pregnant women should receive COVID-19 vaccine after attaining 14 weeks of pregnancy. The vaccines will prevent pregnant women from developing serious illness, deaths and adverse pregnancy outcomes from COVID-19.

Lactating mothers can also get the vaccine and continue to breastfeed their children safely. On COVID-19 vaccine
and fertility, let me inform the public that COVID-19 vaccine does not interfere with a person’s hormones hence the vaccine does not affect fertility of a person or child bearing.

Let me also emphasize that the COVID-19 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 infection.

The best time to get vaccinated is now as evidence shows that the COVID-19 vaccines are working as the majority that are developing severe disease, that are being admitted in treatment units and those that are dying from COVID-19 are NOT VACCINATED.

For COVID-19 Vaccination certificate queries please call toll free 929 or email or send WhatsApp message to +265887371288.

No one is safe until everyone else is safe. Get Fully Vaccinated! Wear Face Mask! Protect yourself. Protect your loved ones. Protect everyone.

Hon. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, MP, MINISTER OF HEALTH

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