About 167 people have been reported to have recovered from coronavirus (Covid-19) in the past 24 hours, the highest number of recoveries registered since the disease was first recorded on April 2 this year.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 co-chairperson Dr John Phuka said as of yesterday, Malawi had reported 110 new Covid-19 cases, three deaths and 167 recoveries.
He said: “The new deaths were reported in Mzuzu, Karonga and Blantyre districts. All were male age 50, 26 and 45 years, respectively, this brings the total number of deaths to 11. Let me convey my deepest condolences to the bereaved families. May their souls rest in peace.”
According to Phuka, of the new cases, 103 were detected from among the 457 returnees from South Africa who arrived last week through Mwanza Border Post and Kamuzu International Airport.
“The other seven confirmed cases are as follows: two from Lilongwe, two from Mzimba, and one from each of the following districts, Dowa, Salima, and Chitipa. The two cases from Lilongwe are healthcare workers,” he said.
Cumulatively, the country has recorded 730 cases including 11 deaths, 258 recoveries, translating into 461 active cases.
The country has so far conducted 10 790 Covid-19 tests in 34 Covid-19 testing sites.
Covid-19 is often more severe in older people and/or those that have underlying health conditions like lung or heart disease, diabetes or conditions that affect their immune system.
On March 20 2020, Covid-19 was declared a national disaster in Malawi and on April 2 2020, the country registered its first three cases of the virus.