UNICEF Malawi COVID-19 Situation Report 19 September

COVID-19 in Malawi

Gilbertha Chisamba Bayira, a nurse at Kameza Treatment Unit in Blantyre
UNICEF Malawi/2021/HD Plus


  • Malawi is experiencing a reduction in the number of cases and deaths with the positivity rate at 5 percent, the lowest since the beginning of the third wave.
  • With the current trends signaling an end of the third wave the Government of Malawi has eased travel restrictions into the country.
  • As of 19 September 2021, 453,499 people have been fully vaccinated.
  • A reduction in vaccine demand has been observed across the country with daily uptake averaging 2,500 compared to over 6,000 in the previous month. UNICEF is supporting MoH to micro plan using a focused outreach strategy with mobile teams deployed to ensure that all people have access to the lifesaving vaccines regardless of their geographical location.
  • During the reporting period, Malawi received 395,040 doses of Astra Zeneca vaccines through the COVAX facility. The vaccines were donated by the British (119,040 doses), French 115,200 (doses) and Swedish Governments (160,800 doses).
  • To decongest classrooms and provide additional shelter for quarantining learners in case of positive cases in schools, UNICEF has provided classroom size tents to 40 secondary schools. Close to 20,000 learners (12, 660 males and 7, 748 females) enrolled in these
  • secondary schools will benefit from this support.
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