Malawi brings in strict new curbs on life to fight Covid-19

Malawi government has outlined strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus, including a ban on public gatherings of more than 10 people and that Police and local authorities will have powers to disperse gatherings and wearing face masks is one mandatory in public places in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Presidential Task force on COVID-19 committee  during the briefing-pic by Lisa Kadango
Minister of Health  Chiponda speaks during on New Rules and Regulations-pic by Lisa Kadango
Minister of Health Chiponda and Attoney General update on new rules-pic by Lisa Kadango
Government officials from different ministries -pic by Lisa Kadango

Announcing the new rules at a news conference in Lilongwe on Sunday morning,  Attorney General Chikosa Silungwe said with effect from August 8 2020, pubs will open from 2pm to 8pm on takeaway basis  and so too restaurants.

Silungwe said the rules have been guided by public health experts.

“What these rules have done is to convert those measures into legal framework, for purposes of enforcement,” said the Attorney General.

Other steps include barring traffic police from touching a driver’s license or any other documents.

All markets, shops and businesses that are in close proximity to hospitals have been ordered to close.

The government also has banned public gatherings, such as weddings, parties and bridal showers. But funerals attended by immediate family members  – n0t more than 50 people -are allowed.

The restrictions come as Malawi continues to confirm increasing cases of Covid-19, with an average of 100 cases per day. As of Saturday, Malawi had registered 4,575 coronavirus cases with 137 deaths.

Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda has expressed worry over the local transmission of Covid-19 which is now at over 60%.

The Minister has called on Malawians to follow preventive measures that government has put in place to fight Covid-19 saying there is need for everyone to take responsibility in fighting the virus pandemic.

Chiponda said “everyone should be treated as a potential carrier for Covid-19 and there is need to avoid social gatherings, wash hands frequently, wear masks and observe social distance.“

The news conference was addressed by Chiponda along with the Presidential task force on Covid-19 co-chair John Phuka, Attorney General Silungwe and Minister of Information Gospel Kazako addressing the media on the rules that government has gazzeted to fight Covid-19 which came into effect on August 8.

Health activist Maziko Matemba has since  asked government to consider cushioning vulnerable families with reusable face masks in order for the country to win the battle against novel coronavirus.

“So having gazetted the laws to help contain further spread of COVID-19 pandemic, there is need for the government to support vulnerable families to access some essential commodities like cloth face masks and soaps for them to follow measures as gazetted.

“Government needs to seriously consider in the next budget that vulnerable groups are caushioned by among others removing tax on cloth used to make face masks. This can help to reduce prices of these essential materials for fighting COVID-19,” said Matemba.

Meanwhile, government already had signed a memorandum of understanding with local mask manufacturers to start distributing free masks to those who cannot afford them.

In the meantime, Phuka said, law enforcement officers have been given permission to use “reasonable force” to enforce compliance.

Those found without masks will be fined K10,000 or three months in prison.

 

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Notmypresident
Notmypresident
1 month ago

Trying hard not to call it a lockdown, just to be different. Zitsilu za wanthu

Zio ine
Zio ine
1 month ago

Silungwe knows not about church.how does he expect only 10 people to meet. That means the pastor’s family only
It was good to have 100 and observe all hygiene measures and social distancing.

mtete
mtete
1 month ago

You mean all the big Churches we have should accommodate no more than 10 people? Some laws are darn silly. I am sure you will come up with an amendment without undue delay.

Minister without Portifolio

Covid-19: The Movie: masks are very important. Ask Collins magalasi and dorothy shonga!

William Chirwa
1 month ago

Hope all the necessary cushions are in place to help the poor who in Mbalachanda can afford a mask let alone water to wash hands every eh 20,minutes. Secondly hope also that there is legislation yo fall to when people take government to task

Gaba
Gaba
1 month ago

Now you are in government,mwayamba kutivuta.know that you are there because of the demo and prayers.The same demo and prayers will take you out of that sit.

ERUTU
ERUTU
1 month ago
Reply to  Gaba

Ai sizikugwirizana

lockdown
lockdown
1 month ago

disperse public gatherings where there are more than 10 people. This story has a picture where there are atleast 12 people. May be thats why they were hiding in a building otherwise they deserved to be dispersed. kkkkkkk.

lockdown
lockdown
1 month ago

public gatherings if there are more than 10. The story above has a photo of atleast 12 people. I just hope they were dispersed.

KINANASI 1
1 month ago
Reply to  lockdown

kkkkkkkkkk,koma yaaaaaa

President Chisokonezo
President Chisokonezo
1 month ago

You say parliamentary gathering essential in your law and church gathering not essential that it should have less than 10. Is it logical. What’s wrong with you people?

Ze ze
Ze ze
1 month ago

I doubt you can enforce this,antu Ali ndi njala mufuna atseke ma shop awo? Muwadyesa ndi inuyo?wina walipila kale wapanga booking ya chikwati k1000000 budget mufuna ingopita madzi basi? Muwona ngati ndrama timango tola eti? Yelekexani kutseka muwone it will be another nsundwe tragedy KU nsonkano kumakala antu ambili,a peaceful wedding can easily turn into a riot…you have been warned.

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