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Schools re-opening remains uncertain

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By Joseph Luhanga:

The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 has disclosed that schools may not reopen on July 13, 2020 as initially planned due to the exponential rise of Covid-19 cases in the country.

The taskforce revealed this during a joint press briefing with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health at Capital Hill in Lilongwe.

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Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 John Phuka said the country is now in an exponential phase the pandemic and the numbers are rising very fast.

“The date July 13, 2020 was guided by public health epidemiological data, at that point, there was a slow rise of cases. In the past four weeks, we have seen a rise in confirmed cases and in the past two weeks, we have seen an increase in deaths”

“These together show that we are now in an exponential phase of the pandemic, the numbers are rising everyday and because of this, we are becoming anxious if this is a responsible date to open the school,” he said.

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Phuka said that Taskforce will review the decision after two weeks in order to make a deterministic status.

The Taskforce together with Ministry of education and health will provide all education institution with preparedness guidelines that have been prepared by the National Planning Taskforce.

Education institutions were closed down on March 23 this year after President Peter Mutharika declared a state of emergence in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Currently, there are 848 confirmed cases in 27 districts with 75 percent of the cases being recorded in the past two weeks.

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