Malawi ‘on cusp’ of 21-day lockdown under tougher coronavirus measures

Malawi may enter a 21-day coronavirus lockdown this week similar to those seen in other countries to tackle the spread of the virus pandemic, Nyasa Times understands.

Minister Mhango: Expect more stricter containment steps as virus spreads

Already, Malawi has registered 13 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with two deaths.

Health officials have also traced 272contacts of people who have tested positive to Covid-q9 and tested 75 of them.

But there is growing fear over the risk of contagion in the country as frontline health workers are walking away from way following concerns   over lack of protective equipment and welfare.

The nurses have also demanded government to give them risk allowance of 70 percent of their basic salary, just like doctors.

But Minister of Health, Mhango, who is chairing a Special Cabinet Committee on Covid-19, has said government has provided the necessary equipment for protection of health workers in many health facilities.

On risk allowance, the minister said President Peter Mutharika himself “made it very clear that allowances should be adjusted upwards to motivate them.”

The doctors also asked government to recruit additional 168 medical doctors, saying they are forced to work for 60 hours per week, instead of the recommended 42.5 hours due to huge workload.

While the government is dealing with the challenges with the medics, it is set to roll out tougher action to protect people’s health due to the virus’ spread as many people are not complying with the advice of physical distancing.

Mhango said government will not hesitate to bring forward further and strict measures “where we think that is necessary.”

He did not rule out a full nationwide lockdown “in due course.”

Mhango told a news conference on Sunday at Capital Hill in Lilongwe that there are still three borders that are still open “to allow for movement if essential goods”

Nyasa Times understands government was considering a far tougher strategy to deal with the coronavirus, starting this week.

President Mutharika is expected to announce “more stringent measures” starting Wednesday to slow the spread of the virus.

Health and Rights Education Programme executive director Maziko Matemba observed that there is  a weak Health Act of 1984  on enforcement as people are carelessly infecting others without observing the self-quarantine of 14 days.

“Some people on quarantine are found moving around as the current fine is just K50. We demand the Executive and Parliament to quickly review and adopt Coronavirus Act as what Kenya has done some weeks ago,” said Matemba.

The new containment measures of full lockdown would also affect the electoral process for the July 2 fresh presidential elections.

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Hawa clare kumpita
Hawa clare kumpita
10 months ago

This is not fair. Lockdown can’t work in our country. Most of us, we can’t manage to buy food that can be enough for a month and we depend on small business. Which means people will be suffering from hunger and we will die ndi stress. Izi sizowona ayi. Lockdown is for rich countries not poor country like ours. If we are even failing to provide mask for ourselves then think about food for 21 days. If Malawi have not closed some of the boarders that means coronayi timayifuna coz clossing all our boarders would have been the first thing… Read more »

Kambewa Chisale
10 months ago

All front line workers deserve proper risk allowance and also provide the proper protective equipment.
On social distance please remove all the mini bus call boys. They come too close to prospective customers

Maunits
Maunits
10 months ago

Elections to proceed with or minus corona virus. We can not afford to have interim government in our country no no. We need new govt to govern us. There elections will be held I know dpp ikunjenjemera napezerapo mwayi wa corona virus to stay in power zero we will not allow that any more we have vindicated by dpp govt big time so to hell.

charles
charles
10 months ago

Malawians we have no value for life. Yesu yekha anati mbusa wabwino amasiya nkhosa 99 kutsatira imodzi. Koma kuno Umva Pita akuti do not panic after all 97% of the affected with corona virus get well. Meaning. We can loose the 3% it cannot alarm us. Ndichifukwa chake panopa tikudikira kuti mudwale kale after all most of you will survive. We do not need to be proactive here. Ifale kaye mokwanira. Afeyo wafa basi. I will support buying of testing equipment enough to test door to door and complete lock down so that we cut it off. I just learnt… Read more »

Girl lady
Girl lady
10 months ago

za Zii ndikudalila geni ya Mandasi apa kuti ndidyetse ana anga daily inu kumati lockdown??? mundinyetsa ndinu a Pumbwa inu??? musatinyasepo apa inu ngati mwadzadza mu fridge mwanu zakudya zakuba ine ndi fridge yomwe ndilibe ganizani mofatsa 21 days ine ndi ana anga tidya chani????? ANyaGondosha ku Hewe uko sanakolole nde mukuti lock down nxaaa

Yaya Mfiti
10 months ago

150 days yachinyengo ija yakumana ndi king covid 19 ndionere kuti zitha bwanji chi movie mbambande .

Jerusalem Bible College
Jerusalem Bible College
10 months ago

Ukundiye kuganiza kwa bakha, lockdown why? Most of these coronavirus cases are imported cases…

Jose
Jose
10 months ago

MAIKO ENA PANO AKUCHITA EASE LOCKDOWN MEASURES INU NDIYE MUKUTI LOCKDOWN MABORDER OTSEKULA KUCHIPATALA ZIPANGIZO KULIBE ZOGWIRIRA NTCHITO.LOCKDOWN YA CHIYANI

Jose
Jose
10 months ago

LOCKDOWN CORONAVIRUS OSATI CHILUNGAMO CHA COURT.NKHANI YA COURT IPITILIRA MPAKA CHILUNGAMO CHICHITIKE KUTI OLAMULA MALAWI AKHALE WA MANDATE FROM PEOPLE OSATI COURT ORDER AYI.

Jose
Jose
10 months ago

Kachiteni lockdown maboarder osati anthu.umphawi uli kuno lockdown yachiyani.

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