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Government dismisses rumours of deliberate Coronavirus disease importation

Written by  Loness Gwazanga
Dr J. Phuka-CO Chairperson Covid-19 task Force Dr J. Phuka-CO Chairperson Covid-19 task Force

Blantyre, May 31, 2020:Government on Saturday brushed off rumours that COVID-19 cases are deliberately being imported to achieve a hidden agenda.

 COVID-19 Presidential Task Force Co-chairperson, Dr John Phuka told the media in Blantyre when he announced new six confirmed cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

Phuka said Malawian citizens who are living abroad were free to come back home regardless of the country's situation as this [country] is the place they call home.

"If you are a citizen of any country, that is your home because you belong to that country. So in this case, no one can be denied their right to come back home despite the condition they are in.

"What needs to be done is to know who is coming so that they are tested and necessary precautions are taken to avoid putting communities at risk," said Phuka.

He then announced that Malawi now has 279 cumulative cases since the first COVID-19 case was recorded in April this year.

A Blantyre District Health Office (DHO) worker, a Mzuzu residence and two Malawian deportees from South Africa are some of the people who have tested positive to the pandemic in the latest results.

So far, Blantyre has recorded six COVID-19 cases among health workers.

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