COVID-19 pandemic in Malawi

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The COVID-19 pandemic occurs in Malawi since April 2020 as part of the global COVID-19 pandemic , which took place in December 2019 in China originated. The pandemic affects the novel disease COVID-19 . This is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus from the Coronaviridae group and belongs to the group of respiratory diseases . From March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the outbreak of the novel coronavirus as a global pandemic.

Course and measures

The Malawian President Peter Mutharika declared a national disaster as a precaution on March 20, 2020 and ordered the first protective measures against the coronavirus according to WHO recommendations. 15 billion Malawi kwacha (equivalent to 20 million USD ) are earmarked for a contingency plan; 2.5 billion kwacha were made available ad hoc. On March 20, gatherings of more than 100 people were also banned.

Medical personnel were deployed at the international border crossings of Malawi to monitor the travelers for any health problems. All educational institutions in the country were closed with effect from March 23, 2020. Gatherings of more than 100 people were prohibited, including a. also weddings, funerals, church events, demonstrations and working meetings of the government apparatus. Entry for foreigners from countries severely affected by the corona virus has been temporarily suspended, with the exception of travelers from SADC countries.

On April 2, the country's first three COVID-19 cases were reported: one person who had recently returned from India and two people related to her. These three cases first appeared in a WHO situation report on April 3, 2020.

As of April 8, 2020, there were eight confirmed infections according to the WHO situation report, one of which had died. A curfew was announced on April 15th, effective from April 18th to May 9th. However, on April 17, the High Court lifted the curfew after ignoring the impact on the poor.

After four confirmed infections became known, all formal meetings and conferences were canceled. In addition, prisoners who have committed minor crimes or who have already served a large part of their sentence are to be released from prison in order to counteract the overcrowding of the prisons.


The number of cases developed during the COVID-19 pandemic in Malawi as follows:


Confirmed infections (cumulative) in Malawi
according to
WHO data

New infections in Malawi
according to
WHO data


Confirmed deaths (cumulative) in Malawi
according to
WHO data

Confirmed deaths (daily) in Malawi
according to
WHO data


  1. a b c d Cases reported to WHO by national authorities are listed here. Since the situation is very dynamic, there may be discrepancies or delays between the cases of the WHO and the data of national authorities as well as the information provided by other bodies, such as the Johns Hopkins University (CSSE).

See also

Web links

Commons : COVID-19 Pandemic in Malawi  - Pictures, Videos and Audio Files Collection

Individual evidence

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  4. a b Serah Makondetsa: Peter Mutharika declares Covid-19 national disaster . Report in The Times (Malawi) of March 21, 2020 at (English)
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  7. a b World Health Organization (WHO): Situation reports. In: Retrieved April 14, 2020 (English).
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  9. Malawi High Court blocks coronavirus lockdown. of April 17, 2020 (English), accessed on April 18, 2020
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  11. a b c d Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports. WHO, accessed on August 9, 2020 .