Blantyre City Assembly has threatened to revoke business licenses from businesses that defy its orders that are aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19.
The Council’s Mayor, Wild Ndipo, said following confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the country, the council has stepped up its efforts to protect residents.
He said security agents including the police are patrolling the city to make sure that all restrictions are adhered to.
The city has banned several gatherings including wedding receptions, engagements, night clubs and parties.
“I wanted to emphasise that whatever I had said about the wedding celebrations, social gatherings, night clubs and engagements are still under ban until the scare of the virus is lessened, then health officials will advise us when to uplift this ban,” Ndipo said.
He however, said wedding officiation has not been banned.
The council plans to disinfect the city’s markets in an effort to prevent the outbreak of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Society of Medical Doctors member, Parth Patel, has urged people with any Covid-19 signs and symptoms to call for medical help while at home.
“The reason we ask people to remain in their houses and not come out to go to hospitals is primarily because we do not want them to be transmitting the virus while in transit if they have the virus,” Patel said.
He called on the public to use toll free number provided by the Ministry of Health to report any Covid-19 suspected cases.
Malawi has registered 8 Covid-19 confirmed cases with one death.
The pandemic has so far killed close to 80 000 people globally.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
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