Activist warns against relaxing in COVID-19 fight

By Sara Mlozoa

A health rights campaigner, George Jobe, has advised Malawians not to relax on COVID-19 preventive measures following recent updates indicating that the country has been registering a reduction in new cases.

The recent lowest figure was recorded of Monday, August 10 with 16 cases but as of Tuesday, August 11, the new case had reached 40.

According to Jobe, the low figures may not be a true reflection on the ground.

Jobe said: “We have noted that the past few days Malawi has been registering fewer cases as compared to the recent past days, a scenario which others might conclude that the prevalence of the pandemic is getting low which is not the case,”

He further highlighted that the decrease in number of cases being reported might be as a result of few tests being conducted due to inadequate testing kits.

“People should keep in mind that the country is running short of testing kits supply¬† and the decision was made that testing should be done only on those showing symptoms hence the decrease in new cases being updated,” said Jobe.

As of Tuesday, August 11, Malawi had recorded 2085 total active cases and 2477 recoveries.

Death toll had reached 152.

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