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COVID-19 cases now at 65 as 2 more test positive in Nkhata Bay

A couple (33 year old man and 35 year old woman) from Chigwere in Nkhata Bay who had returned from Tanzania via an unchartered route, using a boat across Lake Malawi and docked in Nkhata Bay on 12 May, have tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus, spiking the total number of infected persons to 65.

The community in Nkhata Bay alerted security and health officials and samples for the two were taken to Mzuzu Central Hospital which came out positive.

Minister of Health Jappie Mhango told journalists in Mzuzu that a team of health officials are currently tracing contacts of the two to be tested as well.

The Minister has since disclosed that 2 more testing centres have been opened in Blantyre, that is; Queen Elizabeth hospital and Blantyre Dream Lab, bringing a total of testing centres to 11 in the country.

As of Saturday May 16, the country has registered a total of 65 cases, from 63 this week,  with 24 having recovered, 3 losing their lives while 38 still have the virus and are under medical care.

Health experts urge that washing hands with soap, wearing face masks and practicing social distance remain some of the preventive measures to catching COVID-19.

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