Malawi announces 21-day COVID-19 lockdown

BLANTYRE, MALAWI (AFP) – Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday announced that the landlocked country will implement a 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus that has claimed two lives.

In a televised national address, Mutharika said the lockdown will be effective from midnight on Saturday and will end on May 9.

“This lockdown may be extended beyond May 9 as circumstances warrant, he cautioned.

“I would like to urge you to fully comply with the measures because they are for the good of our country.”

So far, 16 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Malawi mainly in the main cities of Blantyre and Lilongwe, the special Cabinet Committee announced on Monday.