Written by Richard Kayenda

Transport Minister Ralph Jooma

Ministry of Transport has proposed the opening of airports in the country following an international leeway on the air transport in other countries.

Speaking in an interview on Tuesday, Minister of Transport, Ralph Jooma, said his ministry has proposed that the air transport should resume as countries across the globe seem to have put tightest measures on the Covid-19 pandemic within the transport sector.

Jooma further indicated that the ministry has arrived at the recommendation as one way of helping Malawians who are outside the country and wish to return home but cannot afford to charter planes.

In his remarks, Co-Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus, Dr John Phuka, said such a recommendation is a good one but it is subject to scrutiny by his committee. Dr Phuka also said there are a number of proposals and documents which the committee is looking at but they will have to sit down and make their final say by next week.

Malawi closed down all airports as one way of controlling entry of foreigners into the country, who might import Coronavirus. Only planes carrying essential goods such as medical equipment were allowed entry. So far about 455 Malawians have tested positive for Covid-19 and four people have died of the disease.

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