Blantyre hit hard by Covid-19 pandemic


BLANTYRE (MalawiTalk) – Residents in Blantyre are increasingly becoming anxious after covid-19 statistics show that the commercial city is becoming the epicentre of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Blantyre is recording more new covid-19 cases compared to other districts, followed by the capital, Lilongwe.

For instance, out of 28 new cases recorded on Saturday across the country, 25 were from Blantyre.

And yesterday, out of a total 132 new cases, 27 cases were from Blantyre and 93 were imported cases.

In the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered 132 new Covid-19 cases, five new recoveries, and three new deaths.

Of the new cases , 39 are locally transmitted infections while 93 cases are imported cases.

27 are from Blantyre, nine from Lilongwe and one each from Nkhotakota, Thyolo, and Zomba Districts.

For the imported cases, 21 are from Blantyre, ten from Mangochi, seven each from Lilongwe, Mzimba South, and Salima, six from Machinga, three each from Karonga, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, and Ntcheu, two each from Balaka, Chiradzulu, Dedza, Mzimba North, Nsanje, Thyolo and Zomba, and one each from Chikwawa, Kasungu, Mchinji, Neno, and Rumphi.

Destination districts of four of these cases are still being investigated.

The three new deaths (69- year-old male, 81-year-old female, and 27-year-old female) are from Blantyre Health District. May extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 6,844 cases including 195 deaths. Of these cases, 1,554 are imported infections and 5,290 are locally transmitted.

Cumulatively, 5,715 cases have now recovered, 108 were lost to follow-up, and 76 are still being investigated to ascertain their outcome.

This brings the total number of active cases to 750.

Of the active cases, 29 cases are currently admitted: 14 at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, ten at Kamuzu Central Hospital, two at Mzuzu Central Hospital, two at Balaka District Hospital and one at Zomba Central Hospital.

The average age of the cases is 36.7 years, the youngest case being aged 1 month, the oldest being 98 years old and 68.3% are male.

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