Malawi Speaker tests positive for Coronavirus


Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara has tested positive for Coronavirus.

Leader of the House, Richard Chimwendo Banda, says Hara is currently not showing any symptoms of the disease and her condition is stable.

He said Hara tested positive this morning after she went to the hospital on her own after noting that two people she was close to tested positive.

Parliament is currently holding the Mid-Term Budget Review Meeting of Parliament which started Monday.

As part of Covid-19 prevention measures, a maximum of 70 Members of Parliament are allowed in the chamber at a time while the rest follow proceedings virtually.

Chimwendo Banda has since expressed confidence that the Speaker’s positive test will not affect proceedings, saying the First and Second Deputy speakers are available to lead the proceedings.

Meanwhile, Minister of Finance Felix Mlusu is tomorrow expected to present the Mid-year Budget review.

Since the start of the year, Parliament has lost four legislators due to Covid-19.

Malawi has recorded a total of 31,295 cases including 1,029 deaths. Of these cases, 2,040 are imported infections and 29,255 are locally transmitted. Currently, there are 12,562 active cases.