Parliament has announced that from today it will slow down its operations for a period of 14 days after some lawmakers and members of staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a statement released Wednesday, Speaker Catherine Gotani Hara says the detection of the cases has necessitated an urgent requirement to review operations of the august House in order to safeguard lives of MPs and staff.
“During this period, in line with the Parliament of Malawi Covid-19 preventive measures, the Parliament building will be comprehensively disinfected and closed to all stakeholders to prevent the further spread of the virus,” reads part of the statement.
Hara has also urged MPs and members of staff of the National Assembly to go for testing and while continuing to observe Covid-19 preventive measures as advised by the Ministry of Health.
Recently, Parliament informed the public that one of the members of the August House had tested positive for Covid-19.
National Bank of Malawi also announced that it had closed its Chichiri Service Centre because some members of staff had tested positive for Covid-19.
As of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Malawi was at 2497, including 40 deaths and 795 recoveries. There are fears that over 20,000 people might be infected but are unaware of the condition because they have not been tested due to limited capacity.
To prevent the spread of Covid-19:
- Clean your hands often. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, seek medical attention.