Malawi Government, on Thursday announced its first three coronavirus infections, one of the last African countries to report the potentially deadly disease. This was made public by President Peter Mutharika who also said that the infections were in the capital Lilongwe.
The first was detected in an elderly woman who had recently travelled to India to visit her relatives.
“Upon arrival in Malawi, she placed herself in self-quarantine for 14 days but later became symptomatic within the quarantine period,” said Mutharika in an address to the nation.
Two of her contacts also tested positive.
Mutharika said the government would provide medical care for the three patients and track down their immediate contacts.
To date coronavirus has infected more than 6,720 people across Africa and killed at least 273.