Renowned health rights Commentator George Jobe has expressed worry with the recent rise in Covid-19 cases.
Jobe’s sentiments follow a rise in Covid-19 cases over the past few days raising fears the pandemic might start claiming lives again at a supersonic speed.
For instance on Wednesday the country recorded Covid-19 cases, 15 new recoveries and zero deaths bringing the total number of active cases to 583.
The Wednesday update further added that all the new cases were locally transmitted as Blantyre led the number of victims with 38 cases, Lilongwe was second with 24 cases. Mangochi and Zomba had four cases each while Mwaza and Thyolo recorded two each. The remaining five cases were registered in Ntchisi, Nkhatabay, Nkhotakota, Karonga and Mzimba.
Speaking with The Atlas Malawi, George Jobe said the rising numbers of cases indicates the complacency among citizens following the recent decrease in active cases.
Jobe has therefore asked Government and concerned stakeholders to step up and strengthen measures that will halt the rising of the cases.
“People became casual and complacent when the cases decreased, they stopped adhering to preventive measures including vaccination”
“it’s my plea to different organisations and Government to continue and enhance their efforts to make sure we cub the spread of the pandemic, and they should also consider reaching out to all people living in rural areas. Government should also be attentive with the status of other countries and make steady decisions that will prevent it’s citizens from the imported infections”
Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 87,105 cases including 2,656 deaths. Of these cases, 2,891 are imported infections and 84,214 are locally transmitted. 83,576 cases have now recovered and 290 were lost to follow-up.