Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries. Several issues continue to keep Malawi in poverty. These include drought, declining soil fertility, low levels of education, government corruption, high population density, flood, poor soil fertility, inflation, poor agricultural yield, and the pandemic spread of HIV/AIDS.
COUNTRY COVID UPDATES
In the last month, Malawi has reported relatively low new cases of COVID-19. It is unknown whether the low numbers are due to fewer tests being conducted or indeed reflect a lower number of people infected with COVID-19. Testing is limited due to limited supply of testing kits. Only those who have severe symptoms or can pay for their own tests are tested.
As of September 15, there have been a total of 5701 confirmed cases, 1761 active cases, 3762 total recoveries, and 178 deaths from COVID-19. A total of 48,816 tests have been conducted in Malawi. Airports have opened to commercial air traffic, however, the Malawian Government is not issuing tourist visas so only citizens and those with permits are allowed to enter.
While the Government has made mask usage mandatory, this guideline is not strictly adhered to. The government has partially opened schools starting with examination classes. However, there are challenges especially in rural schools to access masks and observe physical distancing as classes were already overcrowded. Public gatherings of greater than 10 people are prohibited with the exception of funerals which can have up to 50 people in attendance and places of worship which can have up to 100 people. World Renew continues to work remotely and all partner visits to the field are limited to groups under 10, in compliance with government regulations.