MALAWI. Lilongwe: Malawi government has reinforced tough measures of curbing the spread of COVID-19 as the second wave of the pandemic is reigning supreme on the southern African country.
These measures are to start from 7th January, 2021.
The Country’s Secretary for Home land security, Kennedy Nkhoma and his Local Government Ministry counterpart, Charles Kalemba made the announcement in the capital Lilongwe warning those who fail to comply with the regulations will face the long arm of the law
The regulations include a ban on drinking in beer halls, walking without facemasks and prolonged stay at funeral ceremonies.
“Those who drink should buy the commodity from liquor shops from 2 pm to 8 pm. They should take the commodity to their homes and not hang around drinking joints,” said Nkhoma.
The measure also stated that minibuses will carry two passengers per seat, while funeral ceremonies should not last for a period exceeding 24 hours.
A huge task for a deeply cultured society especially as COVID-19 cases reached over 200 on Thursday.
Other Preventive Measures.
A police training school in Blantyre has been earmarked as an isolation centre to host returnees especially those coming from South Africa.
They will be put on quarantine until they are sent to their respective destinations.
Police and other security personnel including the National Intelligence Service will be deployed to pounce on perpetrators, who will be caught breaking the law.
Unlike her southern Africa neighbours including Zambia and Zimbabwe, Malawi has never invoked a lockdown.