Malawi suspends schools opening due to cholera outbreak
Malawi has suspended the opening of public schools in its two major cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe, the health minister said on Monday. This is done due to the deadly cholera outbreak as trying to slow down a surge in cholera deaths.
The total number of cases has surged to 17,824 and the number of deaths to 595 since cases were first reported in March, with the mortality rate increasing to 3.34 percent, according to the Ministry of Health.
“Schools in the capital, Lilongwe, and the commercial hub, Blantyre, will remain closed for at least two more weeks after the Christmas holidays. The cholera outbreak began in March 2022 but has become critical lately. Nineteen people died on New Year’s Eve alone.
“Due to the continuing increase of cholera cases and deaths in the cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe, primary and secondary schools in the two cities will not start on 3rd January as earlier advised,” Health Minister Khumbize Chiponda said in a statement.
A new reopening date will be announced later, she said.