As the citizenry is eagerly waiting for the second doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to arrive in Malawi, the country continues to experience a surge in COVID-19 cases.

According to the statement released by the Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, the country has registered 309 COVID-19 cases with three new deaths.

“In the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered 309 new COVID-19 cases, 86 new recoveries and three new deaths.

“Of the new cases, 304 are locally transmitted cases: 87 from Blantyre, 33 from Lilongwe, 23 each from Machinga and Mzimba South, 22 from Ntchisi, 19 from Zomba, 17 from Mchinji, 16 from Thyolo, 13 from Rumphi, ten from Mulanje, six each from Kasungu, Mangochi, and Ntcheu, four each from Dedza and Salima, three each from Dowa, Mzimba North, and Phalombe, two each from Chikwawa and Chitipa, and one each from Likoma and Nkhata Bay Districts while five are imported cases: two from Mzimba South, and one each from Dedza, Mangochi, and Zomba Districts,” reads in part the statement.

She added: “Three new deaths were registered in the past 24 hours; one each from Blantyre, Mulanje, and Machinga Districts.

“To the families that have lost their loved ones during this pandemic, may you find peace, hope and love during this difficult time. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.”

Chiponda has since asked Malawians to take a leading role in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

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