Despite Malawi having recorded no confirmed COVID-19 cases, city of Blantyre has been put under a city-wide lock-down, with the normal business of the day stopped to stem the spread of the virus.
Speaking at a news conference Blantyre City Mayor, Wild Ndipo said the city council had with immediate effect banned, engagement ceremonies, bridal showers and wedding ceremonies.
“Council is advising conveners to take precautionary measures by limiting the number of attendees to funerals and making sure there is a bucket of water and soap for people to wash their hands,” added Ndipo.
The Mayor also said the city council had closed night clubs and also banned street vending, sporting activities and other social gatherings.
“The council will work with security agencies to reinforce the ban as Blantyre City is moving into a new phase in its fight against the virus,” he said.
Residents have been provided with a toll-free line, 54747, to contact for further information relating to COVID-19.
There is no indication to how long the lockdown will stay in place.