As the fight against COVID-19 pandemic is on the climax, Malawi is on the record of registering more recoveries than new case.
This is according to Thursday’s press statement by the presidential taskforce on the fight against COVID-19 which has been signed by it’s Co-chairperson Dr John Phuka.
Dr Phuka said on Thursday, September 18, Malawi registered seven new COVID-19 cases and in the other hand 236 new recoveries with one new death.
He said the new death is a 32-year-old man from Blantyre while Six of the new cases are locally transmitted infections with four from Lilongwe, and two from Blantyre.
Dr Phuka said it is great that the country is now recording upward trend of people recovering from the pandemic which he said is giving hope that the country might survive the pandemic very shortly.
“We continue to observe a downward trend in the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths as well as an improvement in numbers of those that have recovered. Today, we have surpassed 70% mark for those cases that have recovered COVID-19.
“This gives hope that it is possible to fight and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our midst as well as increase survival from this disease. Let me also point out that the chances of one recovering from COVID-19 increases when the disease is identified as early as possible hence the need for prompt health seeking behaviour.” Said Phuka.
He has further urged authorities that as the country is fighting COVID-19 pandemic, another focus should also be on other disease priorities that continue affecting the nation such as Malaria, TB, HIV, etc.
They taskforce has since encouraged the public to seek health care early as whenever necessary and utilize the Chipatala Cha Pa Foni platform by dialing 54747 or by dialing 929.
Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 5,711 cases including 179 deaths. Of these cases, 1,143 are imported infections and 4,568 are locally transmitted.
Meanwhile a total of 4,000 cases have now recovered bringing the total number of active cases to 1,532 and the average age of the cases is 36.6 years with the youngest case being aged 1 month, the oldest being 98 years old.