In the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered 477 new COVID-19 cases, 297 new recoveries, 15 new deaths. Of the new cases 475 are locally transmitted: 198 from Blantyre, 97 from Lilongwe, 44 from Thyolo, 32 from Zomba, 13 from Mchinji, 11 from Karonga, 10 from Kasungu, eight from Mangochi, six each from Dedza, Dowa, Neno, and Salima, five from Chiradzulu, four each from Balaka, Chikwawa, Mzimba South, Ntchisi, and Phalombe, three from Chitipa, two each from Malawi, Mwanza, Nsanje, and Ntcheu, and one each from
Nkhata Bay and Nkhotakota Districts while two of the new cases are imported and were identified at Mwanza border through routine screening: one each from Mwanza and Mzimba South Districts.
In yesterday’s press statement, 11 cases from Balaka were mistakenly counted as new cases but these were previously confirmed cases and were being retested for clinical management.
Therefore, the total number of new cases registered yesterday was 466. In the past 24 hours, 15 new COVID-19 deaths have been registered: six from Lilongwe, two each from Zomba and Karonga, and one each from Blantyre, Nkhata Bay, Mangochi, Ntcheu, and Kasungu Districts.
Our hearts go out to families that have lost loved ones due to COVID-19. May you find peace, hope and love during this difficult times. May the departed souls rest in peace.
Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 23,963 cases including 702 deaths (Case Fatality Rate is at 2.9%). Of these cases, 1,953 are imported infections and 22,010 are locally transmitted.
Cumulatively, 8,615 cases have now recovered, 134 were lost to follow-up, and 76 are still being investigated to ascertain their outcome. This brings the total numberof active cases to 14,436.
In the past 24 hours, 32 cases were admitted while 34 were discharged from the hospital. Currently, a total of 245 active cases are admitted: 77 in Blantyre, 52 in Lilongwe, 13 in
Karonga, 12 in Mzimba North, 11 each in Nkhotakota and Mulanje, ten in Zomba, seven each Dowa and Chitipa, six each in Mchinji and Kasungu, five in Ntcheu, four each in Thyolo and Chiradzulu, three each in Nkhata Bay and Salima, two each in Machinga, Neno, Chikwawa, Mwanza, and Ntchisi, and one each in Mangochi, Rumphi, Balaka, and Nsanje Districts.
On testing, in the past 24 hours, 1,571 COVID-19 tests were conducted. Of these, 470 tests were through SARS-COV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic test while the rest were through RT-PCR. The positive cases out of the total translates to a positivity rate of 30.4%.
Cumulatively, 144,185 tests have been conducted in the country so far.
Today the data indicates that cumulative deaths have sadly surpassed 700 mark and the local transmission has surpassed 22,000. As communicated few days ago that in an effort to provide adequate space and improve quality of care to the critically ill or severe COVID-19 patients, the Ministry of Health is setting up field hospitals..