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#Malawi’s COVID-19 Update, October 25, 2021: Eight new cases, Zero death – The Maravi Post

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

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 61,765 cases including 2,296 deaths (Case Fatality Rate is at 3.72%). Of these cases, 2,671 are imported infections and 59,094 are locally transmitted.

Cumulatively, 57,133 cases have now recovered (recovery rate of 92.5%) and 232 were lost to follow-up. This brings the total number of active cases to 2,104.

In the past 24 hours, there were no new admission in the treatment units while one case was discharged. Currently, a
total of four active cases are currently hospitalised: two in Lilongwe, and one each in Zomba, and Neno Districts.

On testing, in the past 24 hours, 585 COVID-19 tests were conducted. Of these, 324 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 1.4% a weekly positivity rate (seven days moving average) is at 1.1%.

Cumulatively, 422,725 tests have been conducted in the country so far. On COVID-19 vaccination, a total of 1,193,596
vaccine doses has been administered in the country so far.

Cumulatively 653,410 and 280,446 people have received the first dose and second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine respectively while 259,740, people have received Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Over the past 24 hours, 829 and 1,628 people have received first dose and second of AstraZeneca vaccine respectively while 2,450 people have received Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Cumulatively, 540,186 people are fully vaccinated.

I have noted with great concern the general relaxation that is happening in our country since some of the COVID-19 restrictions were eased.

It is sad to observe that there is minimal adherence to the COVID-19 preventive and containment measures in most socio-cultural events that are happening in our country including weddings, political rallies, festivals, group sports and this is putting the country at risk of resurgence of the disease.

Checking around the events happening recently, you would be dismayed on how COVID-19 preventive measures are being ignored.

Let me appeal to the event planners to strictly ensure that all the preventive measures are put in place and that they are being strictly followed by all those attending the event.

Let me emphasize that our behaviours in the COVID-19 fight are key as we have observed that changes in people’s activities contribute to the rise of infections — such as travel, failure to mask and adhere to physical distancing policies.

And this is true for the past three waves of the pandemic in our country, we have observed that as more people relax in adhering to the preventive and containment measures, rapid is the spread of the disease and in those circumstances, we have an increased number of new cases, those admitted in treatment units and deaths.

Now that we are observing a reduced number of cases we need to collectively push hard and strictly adhere to the measures to ensure that we reduce further the spread of the disease amidst us. We need to avoid the fourth wave at all cost and that can only be done if we collectively adhere to the measures.

Apart from adhering to the preventive measures, we need to vaccinate those aged 18 years and above with COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccinations have been the biggest public health intervention that have prevented the highest number of deaths and it has been used to eradicate diseases such as smallpox and polio.

The COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be safe and effective in reducing the risk of developing severe disease, risk of hospitalization and deaths from COVID-19.

It is important that we vaccinate against COVID-19 our adult population (those aged 18 years and above) so that we reduce those that are admitted in the treatment units as well those dying from COVID-19.

Apart from the vaccinations, there is need for each one of us (regardless of being vaccinated or not) to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 preventive and containment measures. This calls for enhanced preventive and containment
measures that;

  1. Promote social/physical distancing to keep ourselves and others safe,
  2. Promote frequent hand washing with soap to keep our hands clean all the time,
  3. Reduce spreading of the virus by wearing face masks properly and coughing appropriately

For COVID-19 Vaccination certificate queries please call toll free 929 or email eoc.health@mail.gov.mw or send WhatsApp message to +265887371288.

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
CO-CHAIRPERSON – PRESDENTIAL TASKFORCE

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How ‘I am waiting to see almost killed me’ – The Maravi Post

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By Murielle E.

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), 29th November 2021 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- I am Murielle. Former beauty queen. Executive. Mother of three. If there is one thing that characterises me at first sight, it is elegance. I’m always dressed to the nines, perched on high heels. I am the kind of woman you meet in the big African capitals. I should also mention that I am in my fifties. I’m not saying any of this out of pride. I tell you this so that you understand what follows

Here is my story. 

Not long ago, I was like some of you: sceptical about the COVID-19 vaccine. I thought I would wait, observe how things played out, then make up my own mind about whether to get it. When a friend’s husband told us that he had received two doses of the vaccine, I thought to myself: let’s see if he develops any side effects.

So I waited. But everything changed one afternoon in September. It began with the typical malaria symptoms : cold, aches, fever. But soon, I had trouble breathing. I was literally suffocating.

Seeing that I was in bad shape, my eldest son decided to call an ambulance. I was taken to a private clinic in Abidjan. They ran some tests. Soon, the diagnosis was in : COVID-19. After analysis, it turned out that I had the Delta variant, which is not covered by health insurance providers in Ivory Coast. I had to pay a deposit before I could be treated. Half-conscious and unable to pay the amount requested, my family rallied together to raise the funds so that I could be admitted. I was in the hospital for a full 10 days. I left exhausted, out of breath, and financially depleted since I had to pay the balance for treatment before I could be released from the hospital. 

I’m better today – but I’m far from fully recovered. In fact, the hardest part of this experience is the after effects I still have—especially the breathlessness, despite undergoing aerosol rehabilitation sessions. But I’m grateful that I have my life.

Today, I am passionate about encouraging people to get vaccinated. It’s true that the vaccine doesn’t guarantee that you won’t contract COVID-19. But, it is still the surest way to avoid severe forms of the disease. According to statistics, not only are the vaccines more than 90 per cent effective in preventing hospitalizations and death, they also meet the safety and efficacy criteria established by the WHO and have received the required regulatory approval. 

If you’re like me and waiting to see, my message to you is simple : Please don’t wait. Don’t learn the hard way. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

This article is part of a series on vaccination in Africa brought to you by Africa CDC in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation under the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative—a $1.3 billion partnership that is enabling access to COVID-19 vaccinations, and long term health security, for Africa. 

Distributed by  African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Africa CDC.

The Africa CDC
Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union that strengthens the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions as well as partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks, based on data-driven interventions and programmes. Learn more at: http://www.africacdc.org

For media inquiries, please contact:
Cordelia Kwon, Partnership and Communications Associate, The Access Challenge, cordelia.kwon@accesschallenge.org

Raïssa Litete Beyande, Campaign and Promotion Support officer, Africa CDC, LiteteR@africa-union.org

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Is Rapper Digga D Dead Or Alive? Rumors Explained as News of Rapper Stabbing Someone in Dubai

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As per the latest news, Digga D’s name is going viral because of something which is trending on Twitter. Yes, we are talking about Digga D whose name is getting linked to the trading matter on Twitter. A report says that the rapper Digga D reportedly stabbed in Dubai.

Is Digga D Dead Or Alive

People thought this rumour was true because the rapper is in Dubai right now. Here is the complete information that you should know about and get the full updates on the matter.

Is Rapper Digga D Dead Or Alive?

The news has been circulating on Twitter and when people get started knowing about it, they started looking for brief detail. Currently, there are many details available and you should know about them.

When you watch the viral content in which the people saying that he is Digga D rapper stabbing someone. The content went viral within a few moments. The picture is beyond the expectation and you can see it below.

The girl who is appeared in the video has been identified. As per the details, she is Tennessee Thresher who is also in Dubai. She has shared the Instagram story on her Instagram handle on November 28, 2021. However, she has not yet commented on the rumor. While on the other side, Digga also did not share any statement on the rumor and removed his profile picture also.

 

Is Digga D Arrested?

The most recent update from the Dubai Police says that they have arrested the rapper who is an artist in the UK and he is 21 years old. He was arrested as per the rules of Dubai. The police said in this matter that he was arrested because he breached the criminal behavior order. He was also attacked in prison back in 2019.

Digga D’s relationship information is not available completely on the internet. Most probably it is yet to be updated here. We are looking for the information and will add many more things in the upcoming days. There are many things which is important to know about them.





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Widespread vaccination is the best safeguard for our children’s futures – The Maravi Post

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By Dr Jonathan Awori

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), 29th November 2021 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- I remember my first COVID-19 patient. She was 16 and I was called to see her after she had been admitted to hospital. Alone in her hospital room, she looked scared. Though I tried to hide it, I was too. I was, after all, knowingly entering the same room as a COVID-positive person. At that time, we knew little about this highly contagious virus, and a vaccine was months away—at best.

What we did know, however, was encouraging for young people. Early data indicated that while young people were as susceptible to the disease as anyone else, they were much less likely to be hospitalized or die from it. Yet there were other costs. Hidden costs.  

Decked out in my personal protective equipment, I remember how hard it was to hear my patient over the hum of the fan in my headgear. I introduced myself and we had a brief chat. Over the next two days, I noticed that she looked forward to our brief check-ins. It was then I realized that she probably felt lonely. Away from her family, she had no-one to talk to, no one to hug, no one to laugh with, or do any of the things that feel human. In the hospital, everyone avoided her room unless necessary. Even when they came in, they tried to keep their distance. Understandably. 

One day, after our brief check in, I reached out for her hand and squeezed it briefly. It was a fleeting moment. And a gloved hand. But I hoped it would mean something to her. I hope it did something to meet the need for human connection.

Those of us in the medical community, often think about COVID-19 in terms of case load and lives lost. From this lens, we can misunderstand the peculiar suffering young people have endured under this pandemic. COVID-19 has cost young people their education, their mental health, their wellbeing, and their hopes. It has dimmed their prospects for economic prosperity. 

Today, widespread vaccination is the best tool we have for saving lives in Africa. The research is clear – vaccines are highly effective, particularly at preventing hospitalization and death. And while many of us see the importance of vaccination for our parents—for the elderly—we also have to appreciate that vaccination is the only way to safeguard our children’s futures. Vaccination is the only way they can resume life, learning, and social interactions. It’s the only way economies can fully and permanently reopen and begin recovering to restore and create opportunities for young people. 

Africa is a predominantly young population, with almost 60 percent of our population under the age of 25. The longer this pandemic drags, the more profound its effects will be on their lives. They have a tremendous stake in this crisis—and we have a responsibility to ensure they are able to live healthy, productive lives, and to set the right example, by getting the vaccine.

This article is part of a series on vaccination in Africa brought to you by Africa CDC in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation under the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative—a $1.3 billion partnership that is enabling access to COVID-19 vaccinations, and long term health security, for Africa. 

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Africa CDC.

The Africa CDC
Africa CDC is a specialized technical institution of the African Union that strengthens the capacity and capability of Africa’s public health institutions as well as partnerships to detect and respond quickly and effectively to disease threats and outbreaks, based on data-driven interventions and programmes. Learn more at: http://www.africacdc.org

For media inquiries, please contact:
Cordelia Kwon, Partnership and Communications Associate, The Access Challenge, 
cordelia.kwon@accesschallenge.org 

Raïssa Litete Beyande, Campaign and Promotion Support officer, Africa CDC, LiteteR@africa-union.org

Source : African Media Agency (AMA)

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