Malawi ‘lockdown’ imminent to prevent coronavirus outbreak as cases rise in Africa

President  Peter Mutharika on Friday announced a a State of Disaster  even before the  country confirmed its first coronavirus case  but now  the nation will likely enter stricter lockdown as soon as possible to prevent coronavirus from being transmitted into Malawi as  lockdowns have begun across Africa continent with rising cases above 1 000.

Malawi, without a virus case, declared a state of disaster.

Mutharika has  banned public gatherings and ordered closure of schools, saying  ew measures to come into force on Monday, March 23, include a restriction of public gatherings of more than 100 people and closure of all schools, colleges and universities.

These restrictions apply to all gatherings including weddings, funerals, church, congregations, rallies, government meetings.

He emphasised that the national security apparatus has been ordered into action to enforce the restrictions.

As lockdowns have begun across Africa and with the State of Disaster in the country,  Malawi now faces the possibility of ‘lockdown’.

The definition of lockdown means a state of isolation or restricted access instituted as a security measure, or according to the Cambridge Dictionary, a situation in which people are not allowed to enter or leave a building or area freely because of an emergency.

Just across the boarder, Zimbabwe has confirmed its first case of the coronavirus as the pandemic reaches a health system that has nearly collapsed amid an economic crisis.

Africa’s busiest airport, in Johannesburg, blocked foreigners from disembarking and two major airlines – Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways – announced sweeping cancellations of international flights.

Nigeria announced it is closing airports to all incoming international flights for one month in the continent’s most populous country.

Rwanda said all unnecessary movements outside the home are banned for two weeks as of midnight except for essential services such as healthcare and shopping.

The East African nation, which has 17 cases, has told all public and private employees to work from home. Tunisia imposed its own lockdown earlier.Eritrea and Angola announced their first cases, meaning 41 of Africa’s 54 countries are now affected.

Congo reported its first death, while Burkina Faso reported two new ones.

Uganda is closing its borders to all but cargo.

Ethiopia said all arriving passengers will face mandatory quarantine as of Monday.

Africa now has more than 1,100 cases, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The coronavirus was first reported in the city of Wuhan in China on 31 December 2019. Within the past three months the virus has spread at a fast rate in Europe, Canada, the United States and Africa. Some of the affected African countries are within Malawi’s proximity such as South Africa.

SYMPTOMS

  • Fever, Cough. Sore throat,
  • Difficulty breathing

MYTHS

  • That black people are immune
  • That warm climate is protective

PRECAUTIONS

  • Washing hands frequently with soap & water
  • Stop handshakes
  • Cover mouth & nose when coughing

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Achibanja
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Achibanja

Why issue such a directive while hiding the number of cases discovered so far? Give us the figures please….! And in the spirit of updating each please initiate the same…

Kagwa
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Kagwa

Nice discourse

Noxy
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It’s scary the disease is very dangerous especially the spread of it.Malawi must be 5 steps ahead to ensure it’s prevention because once we are attacked we will perish.

EvertonVEEP
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EvertonVEEP

well written article

Kalulu Wadwala
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Nde mwati tizingosamba m’manja popanda nsima?

Mkaika
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Mkaika

Repentance is needed. This Covid 19 is a punishment from God because of three things.
1. In a certain poor African country some dissidents disputed the re-election of a sitting president.
2. In a certain rich American country a controversial president escaped impeachment.
3. In a certain continent a rich country decided to break ranks with its mainland neighbour.

Nyasa Love
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Nyasa Love

If only you had legitimate facts and really new what it meant to know God. Sad when people use platforms like this to spread stupidity and nonsense.

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

So the gathering of 99 people can not spread the Virus. Who thought about this???? Instead of callingbtge nation to come togetger in prayers you’re talking of a lockdown? Is a lockdown gonna help with porous boaders that Malawi has? We need God’s intervention at this troubled time.

Joza
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Joza

A lockdown without any testing is almost meaningless. I have not heard that Malawi has tested a single person. Rwanda has a total of 17 cases now and can justify a lockdown. Malawi should also move towards testing those people who show signs of COVID 19. I support a lockdown, but we need to know the extent of the problem in our country. Relying on just the lockdown without testing is like a student who studies hard but does not sit for examinations: He has no way of knowing just exactly what he knows and he does not have any… Read more »

Minister
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Minister

This is commendable. Keep on writing these awareness articles

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Another myth is: what you are thinking now.

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