Ministry of Health has advised Malawians abroad to observe measures aimed at preventing transmission of COVID-19 as they plan for self-repatriation.

Co-chairperson of presidential taskforce on COVID-19 Dr John Phuka said this on Tuesday as Malawi registered 22 new cases of which 11 were indentified among Malawians returning from South Africa.

Dr Phuka said 8 cases were confirmed in Blantyre consisting of 6 health workers.

He said currently the total number of COVID-19 cases is 358 and the country has so far conducted 5505 tests.

Dr Phuka added that the country has 14 laboratories with the capacity to test COVID-19.

“The country will continue to fulfill its obligation of ensuring the returning Malawians have access to transit countries with travel restrictions and testing travelers to ensure the public is protected.”

The presidential taskforce co-chair has reminded COVID-19 positive patients to strictly adhere to isolation and self quarantine rules until cleared to be virus free by medical personnel to reduce the spread of the pandemic.