A caution has been sent from the Ministry of Health
for people to guard against complacency in
preventive measures of Covid-19.
The caution has been raised amidst misconceptions
that the spread of Coronavirus would decrease as
the country is heading towards summer.
However, Dr. Mathews Kagoli an epidemiologist in
the Ministry of Health has warned against circulating such misconceptions as they are fueling complacency into practicing Covid-19 preventive measures.
According to Kagoli, there is no scientific proof that
the virus weakens when the weather patterns
change from cold to warm citing examples from
some European nations where the cases are still
rising despite being in summer. Kagoli has since urged Malawians to follow precautionary measures as recorded cases now stand at 2,907.
Meanwhile Malawi has registered 85 new COVID-19 cases, 18 new recoveries, and 3 new deaths. Of the new cases, 48 are locally transmitted infections and 37 are imported infections.
Of the locally transmitted infections, three are
healthcare workers (one each from Mzuzu, Nkhata
Bay, and Ntcheu), 25 from Blantyre, eight from
Mzuzu, four each from Lilongwe and Zomba, and
one each Dedza, Kasungu, Mulanje, and Ntcheu.
All imported cases were identified among 171
Malawian residents returning from South Africa.
Ntchisi District registered its first COVID-19 case on
17th July 2020 but was misclassified as for Dowa,
this means that all districts in the country have
confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 2,992 cases
including 62 deaths. Of these cases, 903 are
imported infections and 2,089 are locally
Cumulatively, 1,153 cases have now recovered
bringing the total number of active cases to 1,777.
The average age of the cases is 35.7 years, the
youngest case is aged 1 month, the oldest is 93 years and 65% are male.
The country has so far conducted 24194 COVID-19
tests in 39 COVID-19 testing sites.