Malawi to decongest markets across the country amidst Covid-19

In the light of Coronavirus pandemic, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Ben Phiri has disclosed plans to decongest flea markets across the country as one way of adhering to preventive measures against the virus.

Minister Ben Phiri washing hands after the launch of prevention awareness campaign of COVID19 at Sanjika Palace. Mana

The minister made the remarks on Thursday at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre during the official launch of prevention and awareness campaign on coronavirus.

Phiri observed that much as the virus has not hit the country, it is imperative for Malawians to start adhering to preventive measures which among others emphasize on observing social distance.

He said there is congestion in flea markets which needs to be addressed due to the scare of coronavirus that is devastating many nations including our neighbouring countries.

“As such, apart from placing hand washing facilities in the places, plans are at an advanced stage to regulate number of people plying their merchandise in flea markets because we might not know the carrier of COVID 19.

“We will do this by formulating a shift that will be followed by vendors. Meaning that others might wish to sell their merchandise in the morning while some in the afternoon until the ban is lifted,” he said adding: “This will also be applied to industrial companies.”

Phiri who is also a member of a special cabinet committee on COVID 19 instituted by President Mutharika weeks ago, said police will also start patrolling social gathering such as wedding and funerals to ensure that limited number of 100 is observed.

He then called for concerted efforts among different people in order to successfully implement all preventive measures and handle coronavirus should the virus hit the country.

In his remarks, Traditional Authority (TA) Kapeni thanked the minister for stepping up efforts to encourage people to embrace best hygienic practices and also monitor social gathering to prevent coronavirus.

“On our part, we are also doing everything possible to sensitive the subjects on COVID 19. However, we appeal to relevant authorities to try as much as possible to put the messages on coronavirus in vernacular language to ensure that target audience understands,” he said.

President Peter Mutharika allocated K2.4 billion towards coronavirus management.

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Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

movie man Phili movie woman Getu you are not serious. in some country,the city mayor himself had to get people out if the city as part of lockdown. here in malawi lockdown is for poor people. the elite are above the law. now comes Muhara citisi cake comwe threatening us with dismissal if we dont go to work today, to please pitala. now you know how we have not been reporting for work for staying for 2 mths in some time without salary and PSs just l8ngering around in town knowing people aint at work. Now hiding your tail in… Read more »

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

kodi ndi za dpp kapena in general zatose??
kodi mwati tisonkhe tiponye ku FDH ,nduna oona mavuto ogwa mwadzidzidzi ali kutiko paja??????
ndithu mwadya bazi la mwana(bhibhi)
mxiiiii

Kapado Chimulirenji
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Ben Phiri a photojournalist would not find news with your pose. Osamba mma;nja sayangana camera, koma kuyang’ana komwe ku mpope komwe kukuchokera madziwo. Zomwe wachita apazi ndi za zisudzo. If I was the one who authored this story, I was not going to use this picture because it tells no story, but show off.

ARENZY
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ARENZY

You only targets are markets what about Bars and bottlestores, night clubs and lodges. EEESHII ministers that womanise and drink can’t like him.

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

Social distancing here??
mxiii idiot corruptors.
kamutu kuuma ngati mapwala ake omwe.
vimimba va ma hump agulu kunyinda inu viwanthu vombura matu. vosava.
munaenera kumangidwa olo kuthamangisidwapo, and definately police were there witnessing this advice breaker
.
IDiot savages

CORONA VIRUS
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CORONA VIRUS

mwakwiya PHIRI,,,MPATSENI MBAMA AMENEYU,,,

Raza lush
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You too… Wa matenda iwe… Kodi unachila… Zana ndinafika kwanu ndi makhwala aja. Unali kuti? Mbuzi iwe..

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

how many people gathered for this movie??? kodi till today anthu sadziwa kusamba mmanja???
no wonder JB had an umbrella over,
time he visited UK
and pitala and getu had red carpet on the mad for them not to smeel the dirt. yet they got the rotten minds ever

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444444No

Mukawawuze a ma banki zimenezo 20 teller windows only one is operating 50 hrs waiting to be assisted
Kolona akangoyamba pa Nyasaland pano tiona NYekhwe

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