In the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered five new COVID-19 cases, 47 new recoveries, and one new death.
The new death sadly is a 32-year-old pregnant woman from Blantyre and was admitted at QECH. All new cases are locally transmitted infections: four are from Blantyre and one from Lilongwe.
Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 5,419 cases including 169 deaths. Of these cases, 1,094 are
imported infections and 4,325 are locally transmitted.
Cumulatively, 3,059 cases have now recovered bringing the total number of active cases to 2,191. The average age of the cases is 36.6 years, the youngest case being aged 1 month, the oldest being 98 years old and 68% are male.
The country has so far conducted 42,821 COVID-19 tests in 45 COVID-19 testing sites of which 214 tests have been done in the past 24 hours.
Today’s data highlight a major signal towards possible successful fight against the COVID- 19 in our country.
It is only as far back as 6th June that we registered only five cases. Back then, it was out of 134 tests, representing 3.7%.
The todays five cases were detected from 214 tests that represents 2.3% positivity among those tested.
Therefore, today’s detection is the lowest yield of positives since June.
This is a signal in the right direction, but I will be quick to caution – let us not be too excited yet. We are only testing those with symptoms which means we may have undetected cases within our community, and we continue to lose lives.