LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) – Government is turning Bingu National Stadium into an isolation for covid-19 patients as spaces at both Kamuzu central hospital and Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe are running out fast.
This follows the escalating cases of covid-19 in the country.
The Bingu stadium has a sitting capacity of 40,090, with two covered and two open stands; an eight-lane standard running track; 56 lounges where families and sponsor groups will have the luxury of watching live events in private; medical centre; a police unit; two stand-by diesel powered generators of 800kw; and a 32000-litre fire Hydrant water tank.
It also has an indoor training running track; two VVIP and two VIP lounges; four dressing rooms; two referee rooms; five event management rooms and three management rooms.
There are also eight shopping spaces at the BNS; two lifts for VVIPs; 800 toilets; and a 400-car parking space among other facilities.
It was constructed on a concessional loan from the Chinese government to Malawi to be paid back in a period of 20 years.
As cases escalate, Kamuzu central hospital is flighting advertisements calling for services of nurses at the new isolation centre.
Dr John Phuka, Co-Chairperson Presidential Taskforce says in the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered 562 new COVID-19 cases, 18 new recoveries, and nine new deaths.
Of the new cases, 556 are locally transmitted infections: 216 from Blantyre, 149 from Lilongwe, 57 from Neno, 25 from Mzimba South, 21 from Karonga, 13 from Mulanje, nine from Dowa, eight from Mchinji, seven each from Chikwawa, Kasungu, and Thyolo, six from Phalombe, five each from Chiradzulu, Dedza, and Mangochi, four from Mwanza, three each from Balaka and Nkhotakota, two each from Ntchisi and Salima and one each from Chitipa and Nkhata Bay districts while six are imported infections: three from Mangochi, two from Mzimba South, and one from Blantyre districts and Mulanje reported 22 new cases.
Six of the new deaths are from Lilongwe, two from Blantyre, and one from Nkhotakota districts.
Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 11,785 cases including 300 deaths (Case Fatality Rate is at 2.55%). Of these cases, 1,851 are imported infections and 9,934 are locally transmitted.
Cumulatively, 5,992 cases have now recovered, 134 were lost to follow-up, and 76 are still being investigated to ascertain their outcome.
This brings the total number of active cases to 5,283.
Of the active cases 167 are admitted: 71 in Blantyre at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, 50 in Lilongwe, seven in Mzimba North, five each in Karonga, and Zomba, four each in Mzimba South, Mangochi, and Mulanje, three each in Kasungu, and Dedza, two each in Dowa, Nkhotakota, Rumphi, and Chiradzulu, and one each in Mchinji, Balaka, and Thyolo districts.
The average age of the cases is 35 years, the youngest case being aged two weeks, the oldest being 98 years old and 67.3% are male On testing, in the past 24 hours, 1,805 COVID-19 tests were conducted, 637 of the new tests were through SARS-COV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic test while the rest were through RT-PCR bring a positivity rate of 31.1% and cumulatively 106,537 tests, have been conducted in the country so far.
The data shows that we the country recorded highest number of admissions at 167, the active cases has surpassed 5,000 mark.