Situation in numbers as of 31 January 2021
23,963 confirmed cases
134 cases that cannot not traced
76 outcomes under investigation
144,185 tested samples
14,436 active cases
Source: 2021/01/31, Daily info update,
Republic of Malawi, Ministry of Health
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 percent Health workers; 10 per cent people with co-morbidities and 9.7 percent elderly).
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. As of 31 January 2021, 144,185 tests had been conducted out of which 23,963 tested positive. Of the positive cases, 17,586 (73 per cent) were recorded in January 2021 alone. Since the beginning of the outbreak, 702 deaths have been reported (CFR=2.9) of which 514 (73 per cent) occurred in January 2021.
Further analysis of available data indicates that 22,010 (92 per cent) of the reported cases are locally transmitted. A total of 8,615 cases (35 per cent) have now recovered and 134 have been cannot be traced. This brings the total number of active cases to 14,436 across all the 28 districts.
During the second wave of the pandemic cases are multiplying much faster across the population and the case fatality rate is also very high. Since the beginning of the year 2021, Malawi has reported cases in hundreds and deaths in double digits which is much higher compared to what happened in the first wave. See the distribution below: