Karonga Transit Refugee Camp has registered 19 Covid-19 cases following direct contact with a person diagnosed with the disease a few days ago.
In an interview, Karonga district health environmental officer Lewis Tukula confirmed the development, saying 52 contacts were tested on Friday and 19 came out positive.
“This is worrisome for the district. We need to be vigilant and ensure that people observe Covid-19 preventive measures,” he said.
Tukula has since urged people in the district to get vaccinated to boost their immunity against Covid-19.
“We have received 5 600 doses of Johnson and Johnson vaccine that will be administered at Karonga District Hospital and all public and Christian Health Association of Malawi facilities,” he said.
Meanwhile, National Initiative for Civic Education Trust executive director Ollen Mwalubunju has asked for collaboration in enforcing Covid-19 preventive measures in the district.
Speaking after visiting several market places and villages in Karonga, he noted that many people do not comply with Covid-19 preventive measures.
Mwalubunju has since asked traditional and religious leaders to take a leading role in encouraging their followers to comply with Covid-19 measures.