Blantyre District Health Office has warned people in Blantyre to be on high alert for an impending fourth wave of Covid-19 following news that a new variant has been detected in South Africa.
In a statement released today, Director of Health & Social Services for Blantyre, Dr Gift Kawalazira, said experience has shown that Blantyre is the hardest hit whenever a new wave of the pandemic hits the country.
On Thursday, International media reported that a new variant of COVID-19 had been detected in some SADC countries like South Africa and Botswana.
“There is usually a four-week window period from the time South Africa records an increase in numbers of Covid-19 cases to the time Malawi follows suit with Blantyre being hardest hit,” said Dr. Kawalazira.
He then urged residents use the four-week window to get vaccinated in order to build their immunity against the new Covid-19 before it is too late.
According to Kawalazila, so far 152,428 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 representing 21.8 percent of the targeted population of 700,000 in Blantyre.