16 Covid-19 cases:

Is lockdown on the cards?


The number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 16 following the confirmation of three more cases in Blantyre, the government has said.

Briefing reporters in Lilongwe Monday, chairperson of the Special Cabinet Committee on Coronavirus, Jappie Mhango said the number of deaths from the pandemic remains at two.

Mhango said the three new cases were confirmed by College of Medicine Laboratory in Blantyre.


“One case is a 22-year-old woman who arrived in Malawi from Dubai on March 17 2020.

“Another one is a close contact who lives in the same compound with a case that was confirmed yesterday. We are still collecting more details for the third case,” Mhango said.

He observed that the remaining 14 cases are all clinically stable with mild symptoms while some have no symptoms.


So far, Blantyre leads in the number of confirmed cases at eight, including one fatality, followed by Lilongwe at six, including one fatality. Chikwawa and Nkhotakota have recorded a case each.

Mhango said in the wake of increased number of coronavirus cases, the committee will on Today announce more tough measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile legal expert from the Chancellor College Sunduzgayo Madise has faulted the Ministry of Health on the gazette of the Coronavirus Prevention, Containment and Management law.

The Ministry of Health confirmed Monday that the law has been gazetted in order to enforce restrictions put by the ministry on the prevention of the virus.

Section 11 of the act talks about the lockdown to which Madise believes is tantamount to amending or limiting the power of the constitution via the backdoor.

Madise is of the view that a lockdown would be proper at this time but the way it has been done, it is unlawful.

“Where that will involve curtailing of rights and freedoms, let us do it lawfully and properly lest it be abused or challenged,” he explains in his Facebook post.

Madise explains that subsidiary or secondary legislation is legislation made under and pursuant to primary legislation.

He adds “an Act of Parliament that purports to limit Constitutional power may have that part which so purports struck down as unconstitutional.

“The only way, in my view, to limit and derogate constitutional rights is after a declaration of state of emergency pursuant to the Constitution by the President under the Constitution, not rules made by a minister.”

As of Monday, Malawi registered 16 cases with two deaths of the confirmed cases.

If a lockdown is to ensue, ordinary people will not be allowed to move and many shops will be closed apart from those selling essential goods and providing essential services.

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