Malawi government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 has announced the sealing of the country’s borders and a gathering of over 100 people
in an unprecedented move to disrupt the chains of infection of coronavirus pandemic.
Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, who is also co-chair of the task force, announced the measures in Lilongwe on Tuesday, saying the sealing of borders is among a string of tough actions by government to fight the rising cases of the virus pandemic which are being imported.
She said there was a rise in the total number of active cases, from 40 to 210 in less than two weeks and just within a day on Tuesday the country had registered 46 cases, saying it is “cause for alarm” since the new strain of the virus spreads fast.
“Being the festive season, more people are expected to come into the country and people will also be holding large gatherings,” noted Chiponda.
She said borders will only be open for “essential services”.
Chiponda said the country would allow entry of deported Malawians from mainly South Africa and those who went out for business.
The minister said the government needed to disrupt the chains of infection and imposed a restriction of gatherings for 100 people including football matches, religious gatherings such as crossover events scheduled for December 31 as well as weddings and funerals.
“We have to limit not only large events and social contact, but also the movement of people,” Chiponda said.
The minister said the virus was spreading “quickly and aggressively”, both in Malawi and across the borders.
She said the borders will be closed “for the next two weeks and public gathering should not exceed more than 100 people.”
Chiponda, who was accompanied by the task force co-chair Dr John Phuka and Minister of information Gospel Kazako, also confirmed that Minister of Labour Ken Kandodo, who is member of the task force, has tested positive to Covid-19 and is receiving treatment at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe.
She, however, said his condition is stable.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :