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Malawi Records Zero New COVID-19 Case, Four Recoveries2 minutes read

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Malawi said it registered no new COVID-19 cases, four new recoveries, and no new deaths in its coronavirus update on Sunday.

The East African country has 5,783 cases total confirmed cases 79 deaths. Of these cases, 1,152 are imported infections and 4,631 are locally transmitted.

4,539 cases have recovered bringing the total number of active cases to 1,065. The average age of the cases is 36.6 years, the youngest case being aged 1 month, the oldest being 98 years old and 68% are male.

231 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.

“The past 24 hours’ data indicates zero new cases was registered in the country and the last time we had a zero new cases was on 26th May 2020. There is hope to completely reduce the new infections if we continue to practice and adhere to all preventive and containment measures of COVID-19. We should not relax and relent our efforts,” the Malawian government said in a statement.

“Further, be aware that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly spreads by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may also spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose, mouth or eyes, causing infection. The spread of the virus is faster in overcrowded places. Therefore, it is especially important to take caution when organizing or when attending mass gatherings as the risk of contracting or spreading the disease is high. The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 or spreading the COVID-19 to others. COVID-19 preventive and containment measures should be highly considered for all mass gatherings. These Include frequent handwashing or sanitization, maintaining at least 1 metre apart between individuals, wearing face mask properly and implementing environmental prevention practices such as cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.”

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South Africa’s Health Minister Contracts COVID-19

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South Africa’s Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19.

A statement from his office late on Sunday said the minister has gone into isolation.

“I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus,” Mkhize was quoted as saying in the statement.

The health minister was tested on Saturday after showing mild symptoms.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Africa’s worst affected country hit the 700, 00 mark on Friday since the first case was diagnosed in March this year.

According to the latest government data on Monday, South Africa has registered a total of 703,793 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 18,471 deaths.

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Africa’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pass 1.63m

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The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent has reached 1,636,748 as of Sunday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, a specialised healthcare agency of African Union Commission, said in a statement that the number of deaths due to illnesses related to the pandemic reached 39,559 as of Sunday afternoon.

According to the Africa CDC, the number of people that have recovered from the infectious virus across the continent has reached 1,347,199.

The most COVID-19 affected African countries in terms of the number of positive cases include South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Nigeria.

The Southern Africa region is the most affected region both in terms of the number of confirmed positive cases as well as the number of deaths.

According to the Africa CDC, the Northern Africa region is the second most affected African region.

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South Africa Records 2,019 New COVID-19 Cases, 61 Deaths

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South Africa recorded 2,019 new coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday, the country’s minister of health has announced.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize also announced 61 more Covid-19 related deaths, adding that nine out of every 10 people infected with the virus are recovering from it.

The recent deaths bring the number of deceased due to the virus to 18,370 and infections to over 700,203.

The number of recoveries in the country stands at 629,260 which accounts for nine out of every 10 people infected with the virus are recovering from it.

South Africa has 11th most Covid-19 infections in the world, with the USA, Brazil, India, Russia, Spain, Columbia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and France having the most cases in the world.

The USA has over 8 million cases, the most in the world.

In South Africa, new infections are slowing in the country, but Mkhize has again warned about the dangers of a second wave on Monday and urged people to continue social distancing and wearing masks.

He said on Monday that the second wave would arrive if people were complacent and did not wear masks and practice social distancing.

The Department of Health said it had now tested over 4.4 million people in the private and public sector, with almost 24 000 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.

South Africa’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 18 370.

The Gauteng province has the most deaths, with 4601, followed by the Western Cape, with 4280, Eastern Cape with 3411 and KZN, with 3122, have the most fatalities in the country.

Of the latest 61 deaths, Mkhize said the majority of the deceased came from the Free State.

“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the healthcare workers that treated the deceased patients,” said Mkhize.

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