UNICEF Malawi COVID-19 Situation Report 3 February

COVID-19 in Malawi

Frontline health worker, Calvin Simwanza captured at Lilongwe District Health Office
UNICEF Malawi/2020/Edward Kabuye


  • Since late December 2020, Malawi has experienced a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases with critical hospital admissions jumping from zero in early December to 245 at the end of January 2021. Since the beginning of the year 2021, the country has reported cases in hundreds and deaths in double digits. This is much higher than the number of cases during the first wave in 2020. The number of people that an infected person will on average pass on the virus to, has increased from less than one in early December 2020 to more than 2.1 while the percentage of all coronavirus tests performed that return positive results has increased from less than 1 per cent to 30 per cent.
  • UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Health, WHO and other partners to prepare for the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine procured under the COVAX facility. The country initially plans to administer the vaccine to 20 percent of the total population (0.3 per cent Health workers; 10 per cent people with co-morbidities and 9.7 percent elderly).
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