March 7, 2021

Government locks down Council meetings due to Covid-19

The Ministry of Local Government has suspended all meetings taking place at the council unless they are Covid-19 related in order to control, contain and prevent the spread of Covid-19 which has hit the nation very hard.


President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, during his recent address to the nation, emphasized on strong measures that Malawi Government has put in place to prevent, manage and contain Coronavirus in order to effectively control the situation.


In a letter, dated 20 January 2021 addressed to all District Commissioners and Chief Executive Officers, signed by the Secretary to the Ministry, Charles Kalemba, the Ministry is advising councils that one of the measures is to limit number of people gathering in one place.


In his address to the nation, President Dr. Chakwera said this year alone, a total of 21,064 Covid-19 tests have been conducted across the country: 5,091 have tested positive for Covid-19 across the country and 111 people have died.


Dr. Chakwera said in view of his declaration of a State of National Disaster in response to these spikes, he formed a committee of seven [7] Ministers and directed that it meets with the Vice President Dr. Saulosi Chilima to review existing Covid-19 guidelines and recommend changes to his Taskforce.


…….”Religious gatherings and all gatherings in general, must have no more than 50 people under the strictest Covid-19 compliance certified and regulated by the local council,’’……said Dr. Chakwera as one of the containment measures.


President Dr. Chakwera said employers must reorganize their employees to work in shifts if the work requires physical presence, and to work from home for the next three [3] weeks, and any person found in public by law enforcement authorities without a mask will be fined.


As of 20 January 2021, the country has conducted 115,367 tests: 14,851 have been confirmed positive, 6,206 recovered, 76 under investigation and total deaths has reached 353.

By Vincent Gunde

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