Video: Hundreds jump Covid-19 quarantine in Malawi


Over 400 people have fled from a coronavirus quarantine site in southern Malawi, sparking criticism of lax government measures and fears of a potential outbreak, local media reported on Wednesday.

According to news website Nyasa Times, more than 400 Malawians who recently returned from South Africa — the continent’s hardest-hit country in the pandemic — were quarantined at a stadium in the city of Blantyre.

All of them were supposed to be tested for COVID-19 and it remains unclear whether the tests were conducted before they escaped.

The incident came just a day after eight people who had tested positive for COVID-19 fled from an isolation center in Blantyre, the report said.

The Malawian government is already under fire for its inadequate response to the coronavirus crisis, particularly its handling of people entering the country, according to the report.


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