LILONGWE, October 13, 2020 – Presently the number of Covid-19 new infections in Malawi has been declining to a record low in the months of August-September and now October. Similarly, in the last two months, the country has only registered two new deaths due to the pandemic. As a result of this decline, life is slowly returning to normal in most aspects such as the education and sports sectors.
Quite a few national media houses are able to provide PPE for their reporters. However, a good number of these journalists are taking their own initiatives since their media institutions cannot provide for them these PPE due to financial problems. So far there has been no direct cushion to journalists in relation to the same, suffice to say, recently, the Sports Writers Association of Malawi received USD 5000 from the Football Association of Malawi to go towards the fight.
In earnest, sports activities have resumed in the country, although different stakeholders such as officials and athletes are supposed to undergo Covid-19 tests at least twice before resuming training sessions on October 17, 2020. The elite football league is scheduled for mid next month.
However, the government has directed that all sporting activities will take place in the absence of spectators. Already the Malawi Men’s Senior National Football team undertook the two tests on officials, players and support staff and had their first friendly match since March 2020 against Zambia on Wednesday. They face Zimbabwe on Sunday in another strength testing match at Mpira Village in Blantyre.
There are media houses that have gone months without paying salaries to their journalists.