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Search is on for 441 Malawians who broke out of quarantine centres

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Search is on for 441 Malawians who broke out of quarantine centers

Cape Town – More than 400 Malawians broke out of isolation and quarantine centers on Wednesday, with some complaining that their basic needs were not being met. A district health officer has given orders to track them down because their condition poses a major threat to the country’s population.

In Malawi’s second-largest city, Blantyre, 16 people who had tested positive for the coronavirus escaped from an isolation center, reported AFP. The remaining 425 escaped from a quarantine center at Kamuzu soccer stadium. Many of them were still awaiting their test results.

District health officer Gift Kawaladzira has ordered his team to track them down.“Sixteen were positive already. Others were waiting for lab results. If most of them have Covid-19, then we are facing very difficult times ahead,” Kawaladzira said.

“The danger is that they will be hiding from authorities and hence cannot follow the set procedures for Covid-19 prevention,” Kawaladzira added. However, the BBC reported that the 425 who fled had complained about their basic needs not being met at the quarantine center, citing a lack of access to water, food, and toilets.

On Monday, the 441 Malawians were repatriated from South Africa before being placed at the centers, according to AFP. The Malawians had been trapped in South Africa after the country went on complete lockdown in March and closed its borders.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded 101 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and four deaths in Malawi between April 3 and May 28.

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