Malawi National Council of Sports has called for serious measures to be implemented if the country’s Covid-19 infection rates are to go down.
The global pandemic compelled the government to suspend all sports activities on March 20 this year in a bid to control its spread.
Stakeholders are currently exploring ways of resuming the sports activities while observing preventive measures.
Early last month, Football Association of Malawi (Fam) presented a roadmap on football resumption to former Sports Minister Francis Phiso after pressure from supporters who demanded commencement of the season by May 30.
However, the situation on the ground does not look promising as Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
According to Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 Co-chairperson, John Phuka, Malawi had by Monday recorded 1,224 cases including 14 deaths.
Phuka said 636 of the cases were imported infections, 551 local while 37 were under investigation.
“Let me remind the general public that Covid-19 is often more severe in older people and/or those that have health conditions like lung or heart disease, diabetes or conditions that affect their immune system.
“If you are at high risk, practise preventive measures to minimise the risk of getting infected and if you are not at high risk of severe disease, do your part to prevent the spread of coronavirus to those who are,” Phuka said in a statement.
Sports Council acting Executive Secretary, Henry Mereka, described the development as a setback to stakeholders’ efforts to restarting sports in the country.
Mereka said the current figures indicate that resumption of sport remains dangerous.
“We must take serious measures as we are gearing up to restart sport. The figures from the Covid-19 committee do not make for good reading. This is a serious setback considering that sport gatherings still remain dangerous to our sports women and men.
“The situation continues to negatively impact on efforts to resume sport. However, we are making efforts to map out the way forward. Recently, we met Ministry of Sports officials and recommendations were made. We are now just waiting for direction,” Mereka said.
Meanwhile, World Health Organisation has warned that Africa has not reached the peak yet.
The global health organisation’s report released over the weekend indicated that Africa will continue registering more cases due to the current cold weather conditions.
Fam delivered a proposal to the government asking for commencement of the 2020 season in August.