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Residents flee threat of new lava flow on La Palma – The Maravi Post

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Around 800 residents have been ordered to evacuate their homes as a lava flow on La Palma island advances. Belongings from schools, business and residencies were being hastily put in the back of vans as people were told that they had just a few hours to leave the La Laguna area of the island. School books, desks and toys were carried away by local residents. Others put domestic animals into the back of their vehicles. Authorities are worried that the lava flow from the Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge is advancing steadily towards the perimeter of the town. The volcano has been active for over three weeks with more than 595 hectares covered in lava.

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#Malawi’s COVID-19 Update, October 13, 2021: 5 new cases, Zero death – The Maravi Post

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LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-In the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered five new COVID-19 cases, 33 new recoveries and no new deaths. Of the new cases, four of the new cases are locally transmitted: two from Lilongwe, and one each from Blantyre, and Phalombe Districts while one case is imported and is from Dowa District. No new deaths were registered in the past 24 hours.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 61,699 cases including 2,292 deaths (Case Fatality Rate is at 3.71%). Of these cases, 2,658 are imported infections and 59,041 are locally transmitted.

Cumulatively, 56,564 cases have now recovered (recovery rate of 91.7%) and 232 were lost to follow-up. This brings the total number of active cases to 2,611.

In the past 24 hours, there were one new admission in the treatment units (the new admissions is fully vaccinated) while no cases were discharged.

Currently, a total of 13 active cases are currently hospitalised (no case in critical condition): five in Blantyre, three in Lilongwe, two in Zomba, and one each in Mzimba North, Ntcheu, and Karonga Districts.

On testing, in the past 24 hours, 633 COVID-19 tests were conducted. Of these, 283 tests were through SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic test while the rest were through RT-PCR.

The positive cases out of the total number tested (past 24 hours) translates to a positivity rate of 0.8% a weekly positivity rate (seven days moving average) is at 1.4%.

Cumulatively, 416,889 tests have been conducted in the country so far. On COVID-19 vaccination, a total of 1,128,402 vaccine doses has been administered in the country so far.

Cumulatively 614,722 and 263,350 people have received the first dose and second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine respectively while 250,330 people have received Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Over the past 24 hours, 4,230 and 1,042 people have received first dose and second of AstraZeneca vaccine respectively while 616 people have received Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Cumulatively, 513,680 people are fully vaccinated.

I would like to remind the public that pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding can get vaccinated as COVID-19 vaccines are not contraindicated in pregnant and lactating mothers.

The benefits of pregnant women getting the vaccine and being protected from COVID-19 disease far outweighs the reported increased risk of having severe disease which can lead to death amongst pregnant women.

COVID-19 vaccines are recommended in pregnancy and they remain the best way to protect against the known or potential risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy. It is recommended that pregnant women should receive COVID-19 vaccine after attaining 14 weeks of pregnancy.

The vaccines will prevent pregnant women from developing serious illness, deaths and adverse pregnancy outcomes from COVID-19.

Lactating mothers can also get the vaccine and continue to breastfeed their children safely. On COVID-19 vaccine
and fertility, let me inform the public that COVID-19 vaccine does not interfere with a person’s hormones hence the vaccine does not affect fertility of a person or child bearing.

Let me also emphasize that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and monitoring of adverse Effects following immunization is part and parcel of the immunization program in the country.

Let me appeal to those who have received and will receive any COVID-19 vaccines to report side effects, if any, to their attending health care workers at a nearby health facility.

The public is encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and not wait for a specific brand as all currently authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

Let me emphasize that though there are different types of COVID-19 vaccines, they do the same work of helping to reduce the risk of developing severe disease, hospitalization and deaths due to COVID-19 infection.

The best time to get vaccinated is now as evidence shows that the COVID-19 vaccines are working as the majority that are developing severe disease, that are being admitted in treatment units and those that are dying from COVID-19 are NOT VACCINATED.

No one is safe until everyone else is safe. Get Fully Vaccinated! Wear Face Mask! Protect yourself. Protect your loved ones. Protect everyone.

Hon. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, MP, MINISTER OF HEALTH
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eSwatini’s political reforms protests rages on: As army, police crash with students – The Maravi Post

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MBABANE-(MaraviPost)-Eswatini deployed soldiers and police to multiple schools Monday as students continued to protest for political reforms.

High school students in Africa’s last kingdom have been boycotting classes for the past month.

Among the students’ demands is the release of two lawmakers who were arrested during pro-democracy protests earlier this year.

“The army is not an enemy of the people, and deploying them in schools doesn’t mean there is war but just an assistance to the other forces to maintain order,” army spokeswoman Tengetile Khumalo said, Agence France-Presse reported.

But Eswatini has been criticized by the international community over the past few months for use of excessive force against protesters. At least 27 people have been killed in clashes with police.

In July, national forces arrested two pro-democracy members of parliament on charges of terrorism for inciting unrest and violating COVID-19 regulations.

The arrests of Mthandeni Dube and Mduduzi Mabuza prompted more protests and international condemnation.

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DPP Opposition leader Nankhumwa dares Chakwera on petty local, international tours – The Maravi Post

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BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Leader of Opposition in Malawi Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa has dared President Lazarus Chakwera’s petty local and international trips which are wasting taxpayers money.

Nankhumwa has also requested President Chakwera to explore actionable strategies to mitigate the social and economic impacts of fuel price increase.

Nankhumwa who is also opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) made the call after touring some places in Blantyre City to assess prices of various commodities.

In his interview with the press Nankhumwa said the recent fuel price hike has left most Malawians, who are already struggling to make ends meet, more miserable.

“The 100 thousand Kwacha non-taxable bracket is now a mockery as it has been eroded following the increase in fuel pump prices. I ask the president to fulfill his campaign promises,” said Nankhumwa.

He then appealed to Chakwera to reduce the number of local and international trips observing that other trips could handled by his aids, ministers and vice .

Almost daily Chakwera is on move blowing taxpayers money without remorse amid social-economic ills affecting Malawians since he assumed power in July 2020.

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