Covid-19 kills four senior Malawi officials in a day as infections skyrocket

On Monday, Malawi recorded 452 new cases and 10 new deaths, the highest daily numbers since the virus was first detected in the country in April, according to the head of the Covid-19 presidential taskforce, John Phuka. Authorities have suspended all major public events and are pondering declaring a state of emergency.

The landlocked country in southeastern Africa, which is home to 18 million people, has recorded a total of over 9,000 cases of Covid-19 and 235 deaths.

While this is a fraction of the number of infections and deaths reported in Europe and the United States, nearly 30 percent of total confirmed coronavirus cases have been registered in the past two weeks, Mr Chakwera said.

Former central bank governor Francis Perekamoyo, as well as the principal secretary of the ministry of information Ernest Kantchentche, also died of the disease on Monday.

Since December, Africa has recorded the fastest rise in new cases in the world, with daily new cases now topping the previous peak of July.