Mask wearing now mandatory

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By Wezi Nyirongo Chamanza

The government has declared that wearing a face mask in public places is now mandatory, and failure to do so attracts a fine of MK10, 000.

This is highlighted in a statement issued by the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 on Friday night.

According to the Taskforce Co-Chairperson John Phuka, this is part of the gazetted rules regulating the fight against the pandemic.

Phuka says authorities will continue to share the details in the Public Health-Coronavirus and Covid19 prevention and containment and Management Rules of 2020.

In the latest update, the country has recorded 84 new Covid-19 cases, 47 new recoveries and no new death.

In total, the country has registered 4, 575 confirmed cases, 2,184 recoveries and 137 people have died, since April 2 this year.

Malawi has joined the World Mask Week to raise awareness and promote the use of face masks in public places to control the spread of Covid 19.

The World Health Organisation-WHO launched the seven day activity yesterday to help break the chains of transmissions of the pandemic.

The WHO is encouraging people to always wear a cloth mask when going to crowded places and Covid 19 patients to wear a surgical mask and self-isolate.

Those taking care of Covid 19 patients or suspected cases are advised to always use surgical masks in health care setting or homes.





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