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Unchartered routes worry Covid taskforce

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Maziko Matemba

Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda has expressed worry that some people are coming into the country using unchartered routes, posing a ‘huge risk’ of importing new Covid infections.

Kandodo Chiponda, who is also Presidential Taskforce on Covid co- Chairperson, has since appealed to community leaders living along borders to desist from aiding those using unchartered routes.

“Let me request our community leaders, security agencies and councils to collaborate to ensure that this is done,” a Covid situation update, which Kandodo Chiponda has signed and is dated June 5 2021, reads.

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She says, despite that the country is registering a reduced number of new confirmed cases of Covid, there were reports from other countries, of increased cases.

Meanwhile, health rights advocate Maziko Matemba has called for a multi-sectoral approach to the issue.

“Immigration officers can be involved, but they should just be there to offer security. The prime target should be health stakeholders who are across the border,” he said.

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Since April last year, 1,156 Malawians have lost their lives to Covid, but such cases have declined since Malawi started vaccinating people with vaccines.

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