As cases of covid-19 deaths continue to rise, Blantyre District Health Office says is engaging communities regarding burial of covid-19 victims.

Blantyre district Director of Health and Social Services, Dr Gift Kawalazira said the aim is to create an enabling environment between the public health team and communities.

According to Dr Kawalazira for now they are using city and religious owned cemeteries to bury the victims due to issues associated with culture.

“Our office is also considering beefing up the team bearing in mind the huge task ahead of them.”

Meanwhile Presidential taskforce on covid 19 has asked Malawians to report to relevant authorities once they are asked to pay for testing services at a public health facility.

In a statement co-chairperson Dr John Phuka said covid-19 tests are free in all public health facilities.Dr Phuka however said results may take time to be communicated due to high number of samples to be processed.

He further indicated that there is high transmission of covid-19 within workplaces due to relaxation in following covid-19 preventive measures.

Dr Phuka said the risk of exposure to covid-19 in the work places depends on how often people get the one metre social distance, frequent physical contact of people who may be infected and through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects.

He has therefore reminded all employers, employees and clients to strictly adhere to all the preventive measures to stop the further spread of the disease in the workplace.

Cumulatively, the country has recorded over 2907 cases including over 1135 recoveries and 63 deaths.