Two travelers from China – a Chinese national and a Malawian woman – have been allowed to proceed to their respective homes in Lilongwe. This follows initial health screenings at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA).
Ministry of Health Spokesperson Joshua Malango has told iHubOnline that as of 17:00 Sunday, only one person – a Malawian student returning from Wuhan, China – has been quarantined.
In an earlier report, we reported that two people, including a Chinese national, had been quarantined.
“We have released the two after conducting standard tests. Health officials will continue to track them to notice their status,” said Malango.
We understand the Chinese national and the Malawian woman are from Lilongwe while the quarantined student is from Blantyre.
In an earlier interview, Malango said all travelers will be quarantined for thorough tests before being allowed to proceed.
“We now require that all people that had been to China should be observed for a period under 14 days to see if they don’t have the virus,” said Malango.
He said the ministry has since beefed up staff at all arrival terminals to help track potential patients.
“We now have staff at all arrival terminals at Kamuzu International Airport. We have also briefed the deployed officials on how they should operate with regards to prevention of the Coronavirus in Malawi,” said Malango.
Coronavirus is a group of viruses that cause several types of respiratory disease, such as MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).
The current outbreak, which began in the Chinese province of Wuhan in December, is a novel viral strain, dubbed 2019-nCoV.