COVID-19 restrictions eased

Khumbize Chiponda Health Minister

Government says it has eased the Coronavirus restrictions and they will come into effect on Friday this week after they have been gazetted

On Tuesday, the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 announced a revision on the restrictions for public gatherings and trading hours for businesses.

Health Minister Khumbize Chiponda who is also Co-Chairperson of the Taskforce stated that 250 people will be allowed to gather outdoors and 100 indoors.

Shops will now be allowed to operate up to 10 pm while imbibers have been given the freedom to hang around drinking joints up to 12 midnight instead of 8pm.

Public transport operators can also breathe a sigh of relief following as their capacity has been revised from 40 percent to 75 percent.

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Law-enforcers will continue monitoring to ensure the revised rules are being adhered to.

The development comes as the country continues to register reduced cases of the virus with the current positivity rate currently standing at 2.8 percent.

As of 20th April, Malawi has registered nine new cases, 36 recoveries, 2 new admissions and three new deaths.

However, there are fears the decision could be a hurried one, as Malawi prepares to go into the winter season which through experience records increased cases of the disease.