Covid19: Adherence assessed in first week of resumption of classes and flights

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By John Namalenga Jr

 

The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 is hopeful that operations at recently reopened airports and schools will continue to progress smoothly in line with set preventive measures.

The sentiment follows the team’s observations after touring the Kamuzu International Airport and some schools in Lilongwe yesterday.

The committee conducted an inspection, when the first flight landed at the KIA to check whether the set regulations are being adhered to.

Ethiopian Airlines has been the first airliner to land at KIA since the resumption of operations at the airport.

“They seem to be following the measures in terms of  screening body temperature, and  most of the people who were coming from outside, all of them had certificates, showing that they had done COVID19 test prior to boarding the flight to Malawi,” said Khumbize Chiponda, Minister of  Health.

The countries airports were closed earlier this year as a preventive measure after the first COVID19 cases were registered in the country.

The taskforce also impacted a number of schools that have reopened this week to also see how preventive regulations and measures are being followed.

However, the taskforce has issued an appeal to the private sector to help local schools by distributing face masks to the learners who have returned to class.

“Most of the schools are adhering to the recommended measures which we have put in place, to make s sure that they safeguard the children as well as the staff members and caregivers, obviously we also have challenges there in terms of availability and use of masks,” Chiponda added.

 Meanwhile, the Health Minister has told journalists in Lilongwe that the authorities are considering plans to resume local sporting activities soon.

As of Friday, Malawi had registered a total of 5,669 confirmed Covid-19 cases including 176 and 3,720 recoveries.

 

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