Malawi government on Tuesday announced the immediate closure of borders for 14 days as the country is experiencing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.
Minister of Health Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda made the announcement at a press briefing held in the capital, Lilongwe.
Only essential services personnel and traffic carrying essentials like fuel and medicines would be allowed through the borders.
The minister also announced that the country’s Minister of Labour Ken Kandodo, who is a member of the Presidential Taskforce Committee on COVID-19, is receiving treatment of the pandemic.
“One of our committee members, Hon. Ken Kandodo, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering so well,” said the health minister.
After nearly two months without new positive cases, Malawi on Tuesday recorded 46 new infections, bringing the total number of infections to 6,248, with 187 deaths, according to the health ministry.
Malawi’s borders and airports re-opened in October as positive cases fell, although some experts fear the real figure may be higher as just over 80,000 tests have been conducted
Story compiled with assistance from wire reports