LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-In the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered eight new COVID-19 cases, two new recoveries and no new deaths. Of the new cases, two of the new cases are locally transmitted: one each from Lilongwe and Blantyre Districts while six cases are imported and all are from Dowa District. No new deaths were registered in the past 24 hours.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 61,765 cases including 2,296 deaths (Case Fatality Rate is at 3.72%). Of these cases, 2,671 are imported infections and 59,094 are locally transmitted.

Cumulatively, 57,133 cases have now recovered (recovery rate of 92.5%) and 232 were lost to follow-up. This brings the total number of active cases to 2,104.

In the past 24 hours, there were no new admission in the treatment units while one case was discharged. Currently, a
total of four active cases are currently hospitalised: two in Lilongwe, and one each in Zomba, and Neno Districts.

On testing, in the past 24 hours, 585 COVID-19 tests were conducted. Of these, 324 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 1.4% a weekly positivity rate (seven days moving average) is at 1.1%.

Cumulatively, 422,725 tests have been conducted in the country so far. On COVID-19 vaccination, a total of 1,193,596
vaccine doses has been administered in the country so far.

Cumulatively 653,410 and 280,446 people have received the first dose and second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine respectively while 259,740, people have received Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Over the past 24 hours, 829 and 1,628 people have received first dose and second of AstraZeneca vaccine respectively while 2,450 people have received Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Cumulatively, 540,186 people are fully vaccinated.

I have noted with great concern the general relaxation that is happening in our country since some of the COVID-19 restrictions were eased.

It is sad to observe that there is minimal adherence to the COVID-19 preventive and containment measures in most socio-cultural events that are happening in our country including weddings, political rallies, festivals, group sports and this is putting the country at risk of resurgence of the disease.

Checking around the events happening recently, you would be dismayed on how COVID-19 preventive measures are being ignored.

Let me appeal to the event planners to strictly ensure that all the preventive measures are put in place and that they are being strictly followed by all those attending the event.

Let me emphasize that our behaviours in the COVID-19 fight are key as we have observed that changes in people’s activities contribute to the rise of infections — such as travel, failure to mask and adhere to physical distancing policies.

And this is true for the past three waves of the pandemic in our country, we have observed that as more people relax in adhering to the preventive and containment measures, rapid is the spread of the disease and in those circumstances, we have an increased number of new cases, those admitted in treatment units and deaths.

Now that we are observing a reduced number of cases we need to collectively push hard and strictly adhere to the measures to ensure that we reduce further the spread of the disease amidst us. We need to avoid the fourth wave at all cost and that can only be done if we collectively adhere to the measures.

Apart from adhering to the preventive measures, we need to vaccinate those aged 18 years and above with COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccinations have been the biggest public health intervention that have prevented the highest number of deaths and it has been used to eradicate diseases such as smallpox and polio.

The COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be safe and effective in reducing the risk of developing severe disease, risk of hospitalization and deaths from COVID-19.

It is important that we vaccinate against COVID-19 our adult population (those aged 18 years and above) so that we reduce those that are admitted in the treatment units as well those dying from COVID-19.

Apart from the vaccinations, there is need for each one of us (regardless of being vaccinated or not) to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 preventive and containment measures. This calls for enhanced preventive and containment
measures that;

  1. Promote social/physical distancing to keep ourselves and others safe,
  2. Promote frequent hand washing with soap to keep our hands clean all the time,
  3. Reduce spreading of the virus by wearing face masks properly and coughing appropriately

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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