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Malawi closes borders as Covid-19 cases increases

Rustenburg – Malawi has closed its borders following a spike in Covid-19 cases and is also restricting numbers at public gatherings including religious ones to no more than 100 people, local media reported.

The presidential taskforce on Covid-19 said borders should be closed for two weeks with effect from December 22, according to a report by news website Malawi 24.

Information Minister Gospel Kazako said only Malawians returning home and people providing essential services would be allowed to enter through the borders.

Airports will remain open because, as the taskforce argued, it is easier to track people arriving in the country through that avenue.

Malawi has recorded 6 221 cases in total of the coronavirus first detected in China a year ago. Of these, 187 people have died while 5 675 have recovered. About 1 275 infections were imported while 4 927 were locally transmitted.

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