Human Rights Defenders Coalition – HRDC has asked government to impose a Covid19 lockdown in the wake of rising cases and deaths.
In a statement, signed by HRDC Chairperson Gift Trapence and National Coordinator Luke Tembo,the grouping is calling for more extraordinary measures for the country to deal away with the pandemic.
HRDC has further proposed that schools be closed inorder to minimize further spread of the virus.
This however is in contrary to what HRDC has been doing by challenging lockdowns that have been effected before.
Last year, HRDC and other groupings successfully challenged a 21 day national lockdown that former president Peter Mutharika imposed.
The grouping had argued that it felt that government had not clearly outlined cushioning measures for low income earners.
Over the last two weeks, there has been a general rise in new infections and deaths and the total confirmed cases are now slightly near 10 thousand.
However, President Lazarus Chakwera today challenged Malawians to exercise Covid19 measures and said he was consulting on more stricter measures.
This follows the death of two cabinet ministers (Sidik Mia and Lingson Belekanyama) in space of hours.
Source; MIJ Oliner
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