Coronavirus: Banks encourage use of online platforms

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By Florence Mwale

Commercial banks in the country are promoting the use of digital banking in the wake of the coronavirus.

This is one of the measures being implemented to prevent spread of the virus.


The stance taken by commercial banks follows a recent presidential directive on banning public gatherings of more than one hundred people.

In a statement, National Bank of Malawi’s General Manager Harold Jiya discloses that the bank has set up a special taskforce on the matter.

According to Jiya, the taskforce will ensure preparedness and implement safety measures to prevent the pandemic.

He stresses that using online platforms for transactions will help reduce exposure to infectious risk factors.

Another bank that has also taken a similar step is FDH bank which encourages customers in the banking halls to maintain a social distance of one meter with bank all tellers wearing gloves and face masks.

Additionally, FDH customers are also encouraged to transact digitally.

Meanwhile, mobile phone company TNM Plc has advised its customers to avoid visiting its stores or nearby retailers for recharges.

The company encourages them to make such purchases using the TNM Mpamba platform.

So far, all countries neighbouring Malawi have registered cases of the deadly disease.


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