Malawi Government through the Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus has announced the gazzeting of updated rules regulating the fight against the global health pandemic of Coronavirus, which includes the mandatory wearing of facemasks in public places for all citizens.
According to the press statement which the Taskforce has released and been signed by Co-chairperson Dr John Phuka, the gazzeting of the rule makes failure to wear a mask at any public place finable by the sum of MK10,000.00. The new set of rules have also banned Churches, Weddings and all sorts of gatherings and that anyone found to have caused any kind of gathering will be fined MK100,000.00.
In a related development, World Health Organization is said to have “set aside 7th to 14th August as World Mask Week in an effort to break chains of transmission and bringing the pandemic under control”, reads part of the statement which continues by encouraging all citizens to wear facemasks when they are going out as well as that all the Covid-19 positive individuals should always self-isolate and be putting on surgical mask all the time.
Few months ago, Malawi Government announced a lockdown which was aimed at containing the spread of the virus but Malawi Human Rights Defenders went to court and obtain an injunction which restrained the enforcement of the same arguing that there were social concerns that needed to be addressed before going ahead with the decision.
With a total caseload of 4, 575 which includes 137 deaths, Malawi is still struggling to conduct enough tests aswell as struggling to provide for the frontline Health Care Workers with all necessary equipments as they at a higher risk of contracting the virus.