HRDC granted injunction

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The High Court in Lilongwe has granted an injunction to the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) against the coronavirus lockdown.

The 21 day lockdown was to come into effect midnight on Saturday to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The HRDC argued that the government was supposed to put in place cushioning measures to the citizenry before enforcing the lockdown.

Commentators earlier warned the government to expect a continued wave of protests if the COVID-19 lockdown will be implemented without cushioning measures for poor Malawians.

There were widespread concerns from the public, labour and rights activists that the lockdown was bound to torture poor Malawians who thrive from hand to mouth.

Addressing the media in Lilongwe on Thursday the cabinet committee on COVID-19 could not come out clearly to lay down possible measures the government has put in place to mitigate suffering stating that plans will be disclosed in due course.

Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 17.

The Ministry of Health revealed that the new case of 70-year-old man from Blantyre after laboratory tests at the College of Medicine.



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