Malawi Prisons Service (PS) has with immediate effect suspended relational visits from prisons across the country due to the surge of Covid-19 cases.
In a press statement, Malawi Prisons spokesperson Chimwemwe Shaba said the decision was reached in order to prevent and manage further spread of the Covid-19 pandemic as the country in the second wave of the pandemic.
â€śMalawi Prisons Service wishes to inform members of the general public that in the wake of increasing cases of Covid-19 pandemic across the country, all relational visits to prisons have been completely suspended with immediate effect,â€ť read the statement.
The statement has also assured the general public that through its Taskforce on Covid-19, the department will be monitoring the Covid-19 situation in all prisons across the country.
â€śThe Prisons Department through its Task Force on Covid-19 will be monitoring the Covid-19 situation and subsequently recommend new guidelines based on the trend of the pandemic.
â€śBe informed that the Chief Commissioner of Prisons has amended the Standing Orders for the Malawi Prisons Service on the Prevention and Management of Covid-19,â€ť reads the statement.
This is the second time the department is suspending relational visit from the countryâ€™s correctional facilities since the country started registering Covd-19 cases last year.
In the second wave, no covid-19 case has been registered in the countryâ€™s prions.
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