Malawians ignoring masks at Covid-19 hotspot

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More people are going about their respective businesses at Wenela Bus Terminal in Blantyre without wearing masks, Low Profile Malawi can confirm.

This comes after President Lazarus Chakwera asked the police not to use excessive force on citizens when enforcing mandatory wearing of masks. In his speech on Sunday, the president echoed HRDC’s view that Malawi is not a police state.

The bus terminal is considered to be one of the Covid-19 hotspots in Blantyre. This is because it is a departure and arrival point for travellers from other countries which have been hit hard by the pandemic like South Africa.

This raises fears of further increase in cases of Covid-19. Some commentators have argued that the police were not wrong to use force because most people are taking the lethal pandemic for granted.

“Some people are taking this disease for granted that’s why they have gone back to their old ways of ignoring masks. The police were justified to use force,” said Andrew Yamikani.

Apart from busy places, most people are using public transport without wearing masks. This is putting more people at risk of contracting the virus. 

The second wave of Covid-19 is claiming more lives than the first one. The disease has also taken lives of a number of prominent people in Malawi.