Mangochi district council has quarantined five people who returned from South Africa recently in order to prevent spreading corona virus.

Speaking during a stakeholders meeting Mangochi district commissioner Reverend Moses Chimphepo expressed worry on porous borders that put people at risk of the pandemic.

Chimphepo said the district can have good preventive measures but porous borders are a barrier as citizens of neighbouring Mozambique which has recorded cases enter illegally.

He urged people who have returned recently from South Africa to surrender themselves to the hospital to avoid infecting others.

“The council will deploy health workers to screen all entering the border and asked stakeholders to fight COVID-19,” Chimphepo says

In his remarks district environmental health Officer Kondwani Mamba said the district is deploying health workers and security personnel to borders as well as Club Marc where tourists fly directly in order to screen them.

He added that massive prevention campaign will be undertaken in the district as many people come from South Africa using unchartered routes.