By Esnath Kalawe
Lilongwe, April 27, Mana: Malawi Government through the Minister of Health and Population on Monday announced the country has registered 2 more cases of COVID-19, making 36 cases in total.
The portfolio’s minister, Jappie Mhango announced the sad development during a press briefing in Lilongwe.
“One new case is a 47-year-old man from Chileka in Blantyre who arrived in Malawi from Tanzania on 18th April.
“He was on self quarantine while another one is a 45-year-old man from area 2 (Livimbo) in Lilongwe who has no travel history,” Mhango reported.
The minister further reported the infected person in Area 2 got the disease through local transmission, saying he developed symptoms like those of flue and family members called the rapid response team for tests and results came positive.
He added that the team working on COVID -19 would on the day (Monday) take samples from close contacts of the infected person in Lilongwe and trace all the workers at his business premises.
With these new cases, the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 36, including the three (3) deaths and four (4) recoveries.
According to Mhango, the remaining 29 cases are all clinically stable with mild symptoms, saying in the past 24 hours several tests have been sampled.
He further said during sampling, some cases came out negative; others were positive while others are pending results.
“In the past 24 hours, Mzuzu Lab had 34 samples tested where one case came out positive, 31 came out negative while two are pending results.
“Lilongwe had three (3) samples, one came out positive and two were negative while Blantyre had 24 samples, one was positive, 22 were negative and one is pending results,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Mhango has urged the nation to continue observing prevention guidelines that government has put in place.
Some guidelines include regular hand washing, observing social distance, avoiding handshakes and observing self quarantine rules as provided if one has recently returned from hot spot countries.