Full remarks by Minister of Health, Jappie Mhango (Friday, 17th April, 2020)
I am happy to report to you that in the past 5 days we have recorded no death due to COVID- 19.
However, today we have recorded 1 new case of COVID-19.
The case has been confirmed by College of Medicine Laboratory in Blantyre.
The case is a 70-year-old Malawian who lives in Blantyre.
This brings the total number of reported cases in Malawi to 17 including 2 deaths.
The 17 cases are distributed as follows:
• 9 cases, including 1 death, in Blantyre.
• 6 cases, including 1 death, in Lilongwe
• 1 case, no death, in Chikwawa.
• 1 case, no death, in Nkhotakota
The first 3 cases of COVID-19 that were diagnosed and confirmed in Lilongwe on 2 April, 2020 tested negative yesterday.
As a matter of procedure, the test will be repeated tomorrow and if they test negative again, they will be declared cured of COVID-19.
We will keep the nation updated of any new developments