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Covid-19 strikes public, private businesses

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By Patience Lunda:

Several government and non-governmental institutions have temporarily suspended operations as some workers have been infected by the novel coronavirus, a development which has affected delivery of essential services.

Some of the affected government institutions are the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services, Electricity Generation Company (Egenco), four district councils in the central and southern regions and Legal Aid Bureau.

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In the private sector, Standard Bank and Eco Bank, TNM, Nico General Insurance Company Limited, Catholic University and other private schools have also been temporarily closed.

A statement by Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services, issued on January 11, indicates that the closure is aimed at disinfecting the offices due to a confirmed case of Covid-19 at the office and to allow all staff members to be tested for the virus.

The department’s public relations officer, Joseph Chauwa, said the closure has, however, affected operations since all services have been suspended.

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“Management thought it wise that all staff should be tested and the office premises should be disinfected. Our clients will also be affected because they will not be able to access our services,” he said.

However, on his part, Egenco Assistant Public Relations Officer Mervin Mchenga said the temporary closure of the main office would not affect power generation.

“Stakeholders are being encouraged to use other forms of communication such as phones, emails and online meeting tools to contact Egenco staff regarding any work and we would like to assure all clients that service delivery will not be affected,” he said.

The country started experiencing the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic around end November last year.

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