Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 88,030 cases including 2,682 deaths (Case Fatality Rate is at 3.05%). Of these cases, 2,896 are imported infections and 85,134 are locally transmitted. Cumulatively, 84,878 cases have now recovered and 290 were lost to follow-up.
This brings the total number of active cases to 180.
In the past 24 hours, there were zero new admissions and zero new discharges from the treatment units.
Currently two cases are still in admission; one each in Lilongwe and Zomba.
On COVID-19 vaccination, a total of 7,108,497 vaccine doses have been administered in the Country so far.
Cumulatively 3,748,590 people have received their single dose, 2,949,082 are
fully vaccinated and 410,825 have received their booster doses.
Over the past week, 6,901people have received their single doses while 6,443 got fully vaccinated and 2,463 got their
booster doses. The vaccination data has been adjusted due to the validation exercise that Districts conducted last week.
Few Districts are yet to submit their validated data and we will update the nation once it has been received. The validation covered the whole period of introduction.
On testing, in the past 24 hours, 113 COVID-19 tests were conducted. Of these, 93 tests were through RT-PCR test while the rest were through SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic test.
The positive cases out of the total number tested (past 24 hours) translates to a positivity rate of 0.88% and the weekly positivity rate (seven days moving average) is at 1.5%. Cumulatively, 617,141 tests have been conducted in the country so far.
Let me remind the Public that COVID-19 testing is available for those experiencing symptoms.
These include fever, dry cough, and tiredness, while in some patients it presents with aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, headache, loss of taste or smell, rash on the skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes.
When one has some of these symptoms, there is need to have a COVID-19 test. The public should be informed that COVID-19 testing for diagnosis purposes is free of charge in all Government and CHAM testing sites, while those requiring testing for travel, the testing is available at a fee in our four Central Hospitals and PHIM laboratories.
COVID-19 testing is also available in some private facilities but at a fee.