Malawi court halts govt coronavirus lockdown plans

A High Court in Malawi has ordered government to restrain from implementing a lockdown aimed to help curb the spread of coronavirus in the southern African country.

President Peter Mutharika imposed the 21-day measure earlier this week but the announcement was met by protests in parts of the country.

With barely 24-hours for the measure to take effect, a civil society group, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) applied for an injunction against the lockdown at the High Court in Lilongwe.

HRDC Chairperson Gift Trapence confirmed to the Nation newspaper on Friday that the injunction against the 21 day lockdown has been granted.

The restraining order is granted for 7 days and inter-parties hearing on the case is set for on 24th April 2020.