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Govt announces closure of borders

The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 has directed that effective Tuesday afternoon, all land borders be closed a a measure against the increase of Covid-19 imported cases.

The decision according to Co-Chairperson of the committee, Khumbize Chiponda, is due to the alarming rate at which imported cases are being registered as compared to locally transmitted cases.

“As land borders are to be closed for the period, we will only allow entry of Malawian citizens returning home and deportees,” added Chiponda.

The minister of health points out that a rise in the cases can affect Malawi greatly mostly now that people are going for holidays and others may want to visit Malawi.

The committee has further announced that public gatherings for the next 14 days will be restricted to 100 people just as it was in the past when the pandemic was at its peak in Malawi.

The development means that churches, mosques, weddings and other public gatherings that started congregating with numbers exceeding 100 will return to observing the new regulation.

Minister of information, Gospel Kazako, has on his part urged religious leaders and law enforcing agencies to take up the task as a way of avoiding further spread of the virus in places that attract public gatherings.

Kazako has further pointed out that a continued rise in the cases may impinge Malawi’s progress in the education sector as students are expected to return to school in January after festivities.

In the past 24 hours, Malawi has registered 46 new Covid-19 cases making the number of active cases rise to 210.

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