5 buses carrying 285 Malawians stranded in SA due to lockdown measures arrived at Mwanza border around 10pm on Saturday night.
Mwanza border spokesperson Pasqually Zulu says that the total number of buses were supposed to be 6, but one had a technical issue in Mozambique in route to Malawi.
“These buses were supposed to arrive at Mwanza border before midday Friday , but were delayed due to logistical problems. ” says Zulu
Upon their arrival, the returnees were taken to Kamuzu College of Nursing where a Kameza Quarantine Centre was commissioned to manage COVID-19 in Blantyre.
Blantyre District Environmental Health Officer, Penjani Chunda welcomed the returnees, saying they learnt a lot of lessons in the first grouping of returning Malawians who were taken to Kamuzu Stadium and later left unattended to.
“This time around, upon their arrival at Mwanza Boarder, they were welcomed by government officials and given a pack comprising of biscuits, water, milk and a bucket.
From there, they are here where we will test them and get their details; they will receive food and thereafter taken to Kanjedza Lodge where we have booked their accommodation,” said Chunda.
The results for the test would be known within one day where, one will either be institutionally quarantined if positive or sent to their respective home districts if negative but with an condition of 14 days self-quarantine.
This is a 5th group of Malawian citizens who have returned home from countries they were stuck as a result of COVID-19.
Malawi has 279 total cases since the first COVID-19 case was recorded in April.