The Mzuzu Asian Business Community has announced a partial lockdown in a bid to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
Meanwhile, the community also plans to buy essential life-saving materials and equip the city’s hospitals in readiness for any attack.
The news follows a similar move by Malawians of Asian origin in Blantyre and Zomba where the Asian Business Community has gone into a 14-day partial lockdown from last week.
In a press statement released yesterday, Mzuzu Asian Business Community Covid-19 Taskforce said shop owners should operate for seven hours from 8am to 3pm.
However, the task force says supermarkets and restaurants are exempted from the arrangement although restaurants have been urged to operate on take-away basis.
The task force has also discouraged members of the Asian Business Community from visiting each other at home and that anyone with underlying health conditions must be restricted to their homes regardless of their age.
In an interview, executive member of the task force Ash Rashid Bano said the partial lockdown will be in force for 17 days from April 14 to 30th before a review for an extension or a break from the restrictions.
So far, Malawi has registered 16 Covid-19 cases with two deaths.