Schools in Malawi will close for at least 15 days from Monday under new restrictions to combat a surge in coronavirus cases.
In a televised address, President Lazarus Chakwera also announced a night-time curfew from 21:00 local time.
All gatherings will be restricted to no more than 50 people.
Malawi is observing a period of national mourning following the deaths of two senior cabinet ministers from Covid-19.
A third of Malawi’s 300 coronavirus deaths have taken place this month.
The president said the government was allocating a further $2m (£1.4m) to provide healthcare staff and equipment.