High Court of Malawi rules out national lockdown

indafrica April 18, 2020
Updated 2020/04/18 at 12:34 AM

The High Court of Malawi has ruled out a 21-day Lockdown which was being planned by government to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

This follows a petition submitted to the high court by human rights groups. The human rights group argued that the government had no plans to cushion the poor during the time of a lockdown.

The ruling from the High Court was temporary and is due to be reviewed in seven days.

On Thursday and Friday Malawi saw protests from its major cities Lilongwe the capital city and two big cities Blantyre and Zomba. Citizens were protesting against the lockdown that was about to be implemented.

Members of the public in Malawi have vowed that even if the court rules in favor f government to lockdown the country, they will disregard the rule because they survive of a basis of hand to mount and can not afford to stay home for that long or else they risk starving to death.

Malawi was due to begin its three weeks national lockdown on Sunday the 19th of April with a possibility of extension.

The country has recorded 17 cases of Coronavirus.

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