Malawi COVID-19 cases rise to 41

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Students wash their hands before entering the library in Blantyre, Malawi, March 23, 2020. Malawi President Peter Mutharika has declared a state of national disaster in Malawi over COVID-19 and he has since ordered closure of all public and private schools, colleges and universities effective Monday. (Xinhua/Joseph Mizere)
Students wash their hands before entering the library in Blantyre, Malawi, March 23, 2020. Malawi President Peter Mutharika has declared a state of national disaster in Malawi over COVID-19 and he has since ordered closure of all public and private schools, colleges and universities effective Monday. (Xinhua/Joseph Mizere)

The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Malawi has now reached 41 with 3 deaths, 9 recoveries and 29 active cases, Health Minister, Jappie Mhango, announced Monday.

The minister said the latest two cases were confirmed in the country’s commercial city of Blantyre.

Mhango identified the two as Tanzania nationals who travelled to Malawi on a business trip.

“Fifteen of these cases are imported and 26 are local transmission,” said the update compiled by the Public Health Institute of Malawi.

Meanwhile, public and private learning institutions and offices have closed while essential services, except health facilities, have downsized staff to decongest their offices. Enditem

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