The President of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, announced that it will be closed for three weeks after a sharp increase in numbers. This is the latest school to close.
According to data from John Hopkins University (John Hopkins University), the number of reported cases in the country has not been for more than two months, but it has now surged, with three points out of the total number of 353 deaths that occurred in the past two weeks One happened.
Chakwera said he had ordered an increase in the number of testing sites and recruited more medical staff, noting that the country’s facilities are seriously understaffed. The President said that he has instructed the Minister of Finance to allocate $23 million as soon as possible to meet the needs of the current disaster.
In neighboring Zambia, the school was originally scheduled to reopen on January 18, but due to the increase in the number of cases, it was postponed for another two weeks. The authorities stated that they will open on February 1.
Like Malawi, Zimbabwe only allows examination classes to be opened, subject to strict Covid-19 rules.
“Distressed and angry” parents
However, in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, despite opposition from some parliamentarians and an increase in the number of cases in the country, the school reopened on January 18.
Parents there told CNN that they were worried about the decision to send their children back to school.
Lagos festival director Brenda Uphopho said that she chose to keep her 9-year-old son at home.
She said: “I don’t understand why this is happening.” “I’m so frustrated and angry. Can children miss school? They can continue to learn under safe conditions.”
South Africa, with the highest number of cases in Africa He has been dealing with this new virus strain and delayed the reopening of the school for two weeks.
“In view of the pressure on the health system in the past few weeks, which has led to an increase in COVID-19 infections, leading to a second wave of enthusiasm, the Board of Education.. has decided to postpone the reopening of public and private schools”, MP Reginah Mhaule, Deputy Minister of Basic Education Said in a statement.
South Africa registered 12,710 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections to nearly 1.4 million. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, 566 people died of the virus the day before, and 839 people died the next day.
In Malawi, hospitals have been “overwhelmed” by patients and empty beds are scarce. Medical supplies including ventilators are also in short supply.
A national disaster
Chakwera declared a national natural disaster ØOn January 12, all 28 districts in Malawi responded to the most recent peak.
After that, he called for the support of donors including the United Nations.
However, some people have criticized the government’s handling of the virus. A recent Oxfam report indicated that the previous government-which lost power in June last year after the resumption of the presidential election-used 80% of the funds raised in the Covid-19 subsidy fight. The charity warned the current government not to repeat the same mistakes.
On January 15, Onjezani Kenani, an activist who had been calling on the government to equip hospitals with medical supplies and personal protective equipment, asked for donations to help the hospitals through Facebook posts.
He said: “My friends, I like to act.” “We can point out what our government has done wrong, but the truth is that the people there are suffering and some are dying. With the government’s efforts, you and I can all get involved. , Do our thing.”
President Chuckwela said: “Therefore, I have already expressed appreciation for the efforts of private citizens who have launched capital campaigns to raise funds to meet these needs.” He said: “I would like to call on private companies to follow this example at this critical moment. , And fulfill its corporate social responsibility.