Malawi confirmed COVID-19 cases rise to 17


Malawi Minister of Health and Population Services Jappie Mhango confirmed one more case of COVID-19 case Friday, a 70-year-old man in the country’s commercial city of Blantyre, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 17.

“The first 3 cases of COVID-19 that were diagnosed and confirmed in Lilongwe on April 2, 2020, tested negative yesterday,” Mhango said.”The test will be repeated tomorrow and if they test negative again, they will be declared cured of COVID-19,” he added

.Meanwhile, the High Court in the country Friday granted a 7-day injunction order on the 21-day lockdown that the Malawi government declared on Tuesday to begin from the midnight of Saturday, April 18 to May 9.

Malawi Human Right Defenders Coalition sought the injunction on grounds that the government had not put up measures to mitigate the economic impact of the lockdown on Malawians most of whom survive on daily earnings.Since the declaration of the lockdown Tuesday, there have been sporadic protests in the country’s main cities against the move.

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