Malawi registers second Coronavirus death; confirmed cases rise to 12

Malawi has registered second death of coronavirus barely three days after another Indian lady passed on of the same virus in the southern city of Blantyre; as confirmed cases rise to 12.

The deceased tested positive of coronavirus in the Capital City Lilongwe, Area 25B on Good Friday and died on Saturday afternoon.

Minister of Health and Chairperson of the special Cabinet Committee on COVID-19 Jappie Mhango confirmed on Saturday saying the 44 year –old man, is a Canadian National but originally from Burundi.

Mhango said “the deceased came into Malawi on 28 March 2020, and had other underlying medical conditions. Meanwhile his wife has also tested positive of the COVID-19,” said Mhango

eMhango further reported that the deceased had three people in their household, and the third person who was manning their shop in the Central Business District of Lilongwe is on surveillance.

On 10th April, the health Minister said up to 50,000 Malawians could die of Coronavirus if not enough measures is put in place to control the spread.

The health Ministry said is currently following up about 10,000 people who are on self-isolation.

The capital City Lilongwe has emerged as the biggest hotspot for the Coronavirus outbreak as the country registers 12th COVID-19case.

On Friday, the Asian business community in the southern cities of Blantyre and Zomba announced a partial community lockdown which come into force up to 23 April 2020 which among others orders everyone over the age of 53 to stay within the confines of their homes apart from breadwinners.

In the press release signed by Faizal Aboo said any member found violating the partial community lockdown shall be liable of MK500,000 (About USD600).

Malawi has a total of four testing centres (Laboratories) for Covid-19 with the latest one opened in the Northern Region City of Mzuzu.

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