Councils committed to fight coronavirus outbreak

As Covid-19 outbreak continues to threaten Malawians, city councils are putting in place different precautionary measures to fight the pandemic.

Malawi has so far recorded 8 confirmed covid-19 cases and one death.

Lilongwe City Council (LCC) has temporarily banned all public events in the city effective Wednesday, 8 April, 2020.

In a statement signed by the council’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), John Chome, the council has put a temporary ban on all bottle stores, pubs and night clubs, sports clubs and gyms, street processions, wedding related events and any other social gatherings or public events.

Reads part of the statement: “The council is making a strong appeal to all owners and operators of such businesses to adhere to this ban until a time we are all safe to operate as normal.”

The council further said it will work with the police to ensure that the ban is respected.

On the other hand, Zomba City Council (ZCC) has taken a different approach by reminding the bar and club operators to strictly observe all relevant preventive measures within their premises as one way of containing the rapid spread of the disease.

In a statement issued on 8 April, and signed by the city’s CEO, Charles Thombozi and Mayor Benson Bulla, the council said its officers will be conducting daily monitoring routines to ensure all targeted places are in compliance with the preventive measures.

“Failure to follow or observe the stipulated preventive measures the council will have the mandate to close your business, and be opened again after attracting a heavy penalty,” reads part of the statement.

One of the ways which facilitates the spread of coronavirus is congestion among the people.

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