By Blessings Mtika
Government has reversed some of the newly announced COVID-19 preventive measures following the general public outcry and the consultation the presidential task force on COVID-19 is reportedly to have had with stakeholders.
This comes in right after the general public and other religious leaders expressed their displeasure regarding the new guidelines.
Speaking at the press conference in Lilongwe, Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda announced that public gatherings can go up to 100 people, canceling out the previous 10 people limit announced last Sunday.
“Looking at the response from the society and experts views on the best number for public gatherings if the disease continues to rise, our task force agreed that we continue to allow public gathering to be at 100”, said Chiponda.
However Chiponda stressed that wearing of masks, frequent washing of hands and social distancing should be encouraged to the prevent the spread of COVID-19 at such places.
On a similar note, Chiponda also added that the task force have agreed to let flights resume on 1 September, 2020. She further disclosed that the ministry of health and the ministry of transport are in talks to allow airplanes to fly in without compromising the health status of Malawians.
These changes came right after the president attended a funeral ceremony in Blantyre where all the previous COVID-19 preventative public measures were thrown out of the window barely a few days after the announcement was made. Funeral gatherings were supposed to only have not more 50 people in attendance. Mayi Dinala’s funeral ceremony attracted a multitude of people and social distance rules were not in effect at all. It was very telling to see the first citizen being part of a gathering that did not observe such public preventive measure put in place by his own government.