Mzuzu Police Station has rolled out patrols aiming at restricting children from loitering in the streets amid rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in the country.
In an interview on Saturday, Mzuzu Police Station child protection desk officer Wilfred Soko said with schools remaining closed, some children are seen walking aimlessly in the city.
He said: “Children found in streets are being sent back home.
“We are doing the patrols in collaboration with the social welfare office. We want to protect them from Covid-19.”
So far, eight children found loitering in the streets have been sent home.
According to social welfare records, the city registers 23 cases of destitute children and women per month that need repatriation to their respective homes.
Mzimba North district social welfare officer Edward Chisanga said with rising number of Covid-19 cases, it is important to take extra steps to protect children from the infection.