Face masks mandatory in Malawi public places

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Wearing of masks in public is now mandatory in Malawi following government’s gazette of the rules and regulations, as a measure to contain Covid-19 spike.

Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda made the gazette of the rule and regulations on August 7, 2020 in line with the Public Health Act.

“Faced with increasing numbers of Covid-19 positive cases as well as deaths, Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda, in exercise of her powers under the Public Health Act, has today issued the subsidiary legislation on coronavirus and Covid-19 aimed at stopping the spread,” reads part of the order.

“Government has been working on gazetting rules and regulations that would see to it that Malawians are wearing the Covid-19 face masks on mandatory basis in public spaces to contain the spread of Coronavirus,” reads the Act in part.

“A person who does not wear a face mask in public area commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine of ten thousand kwacha,” reads the Act.

Apart from that public gatherings have also been banned except during funerals or meetings of the National Assembly as well as meetings convened to discuss Covid-19.

As of August 7, 2020 Malawi had 4,575 Covid-19 cases with 37 deaths that of these cases, 1,024 are imported infections and 3,551 are locally transmitted.

Cumulatively, 2,184 cases have now recovered bringing the total number of active cases to 2,254.

Ministry health report discloses that the average age of the cases is 36.7 years, the youngest case being aged 1 month, the oldest being 93 years and 66.9 percent are male.

The country has so far conducted 34,051 COVID-19 tests in 45 COVID-19 testing sites of which 585 tests have been done in the past 24 hours.

The public is yet to comply with the order in controlling further spread of the pandemic.

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