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Govt told to strictly implement Asia travel ban

The government is being pushed to ensure strict adherence to the set new travel restriction for some Asian countries that have been heavily hit by the Corona Virus.

On Monday, the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 resolved to ban all travel from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Brazil except those in the essential services category.

The decision followed an impromptu meeting aimed at crafting measures to prevent importation of the new variant that is wreaking havoc in the four countries.

“The taskforce  noted the particular heavy traffic of travellers to and from the Indian sub-continent and neighboring Countries of Bangladesh and Pakistan; and evidence of a COVID-19 positive case that arrived in the country from India in the past week,” states the Taskforce in a statement.

Already, several countries including the US, UK, China, the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand have banned flights to and from India.

Blantyre-based social commentator, Sheriff Kaisi,   has commended the taskforce’s bold move, describing it  as being in the best interest of the nation.

According to the Minister of Health and Co-chairperson of the Presidential taskforce Khumbize Chiponda, Malawian nationals and returning residents from the mentioned countries would have to undergo exceptional and rigorous processes before entering the country and reintegration in society.

But Kaisi calls for the need for the authorities to put in place strict measures for implementing the travel ban.

“They have to make sure that all airports are strictly observing this kind of restriction put forward,”Kaisi said.

He went on to add that the law enforcement agencies such as the police and the immigration officials in particular, need to step up their game and enhance border and entry point patrols.

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Immigration Department Spokesperson, Joseph Chauwa, asked for more time before divulging the department’s readiness regarding enforcement of the said order.

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