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Malawi Court Blocks Government From Starting 21-Day Lockdown

  • Rights group demands social safety net for poorest people
  • Protesters vowed to defy lockdown during two days of protests
Peter Mutharika
Peter MutharikaPhotographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

A rights group won a legal challenge to block the Malawian government from implementing a 21-day lockdown that was meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition won an injunction order from the Malawi High Court Friday, forcing the government to wait at least seven days before its lockdown can come into effect. The civil rights group wants the government to provide a social safety net for poor Malawians before it can go ahead with the measure, it said.