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Government announces new Covid-19 measures

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Government has announced suspension of some public gatherings and has outlined strict guidelines for every citizen to follow, in line with the escalation of COVID-19 deaths and cases.

According to Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19, John Phuka, Capital Hill has suspended mobile markets and banned street vending in all trading centres to avoid overcrowding.

“On behalf of the Government, I am announcing strategies that will enhance our fight against this pandemic. Government notes that due to the escalation of infections and deaths due to Covid-19, there is need to implement stricter measures to contain the spread of coronavirus in cities, towns, districts, municipalities and communities throughout Malawi,” Phuka said.

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Government has also suspended entertainment, the holding of public events and the same has been extended to drinking and entertainment places, which will not be allowed to operate beyond 7 pm.

“All bottlestores, pubs, bars and clubs shall be open from 2 pm to 7 pm for the purpose of buying only and drinking should be at home and the suspension includes in all hospitality facilities,” he said.

According to Phuka, government adopted and published measures that are contained in the Public Health (Coronavirus Containment, Prevention and Management) Rules, 2020 in order to ensure that local councils are empowered to enforce the measures under the rules.

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On religious gatherings, government says all mass religious gatherings should be suspended, except where they adhere to usage of masks for everyone attending prayer services.

Government says all funeral ceremonies shall be conducted in observation of Covid-19 sanitary and health measures.

As of Friday, there were 2,069 Covid-19 cases; total active cases were at 1,659 with 31 deaths and 379 recoveries.

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