Malawi government has ordered immediate suspension of operations at a local sugar factory where 19 out of 31 samples taken from Indian employees, who just returned from India between April 22 and 24, tested positive to COVID-19.

Minister of Health and Population Services, Khumbize Kandodo-Chiponda, issued the directive which is made available to the media on Wednesday.

Kandodo said that one of the Indians who tested positive to COVID-19 died Monday and that 22 more samples out of 169 samples taken from other employees (both Indians and locals) tested positive.

Kandodo, who is also Co-chairperson for the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, has further directed that the factory premises and environment be comprehensively fumigated at the cost of the company and that the employees who will remain negative after 14 days’ quarantine, should be offered COVID-19 vaccination. Enditem

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