5 new Covid deaths, spiralling infection rate  as  Chakwera turns to prayer: 21 days of fasting

Malawi continues to register spiralling coronavirus infection rate  and public hospitals are struggling to cope  with the second wave with 15 related deaths  reported on Sunday and 269 new virus pandemic cases have been registered with 15 as new recoveries as President Lazarus Chakwera  has asked Malawians  to go into self-isolation and consult healthcare workers if they notice symptoms.

Chakwera praying for God to heal Malawi

Local transmissions are still on the rise as 267 of new case are local, bring the total of active cases at 2,316.

Of the active cases, 89 are admitted in 11 hospitals across the country — 41 in Blantyre, 30 in Lilongwe, five in Zomba, three each in Mzimba North and Nkhotakota, two in Balaka, and one each in Dowa, Mchinji, Rumphi, Chikwawa, and Mulanje.

Two of the new deaths are from Lilongwe (61-year-old male and 86-year-old female), and one each from Chikwawa (54-year-old), Thyolo (61-year-old) and Zomba (35-year-old).

Co-chairperson of the Presidential taskforce on Covid-19, Dr. John Phuka said of the new cases, 70 from Lilongwe, 50 from Salima, 45 from Blantyre, 31 from Zomba, 13 from Dowa, nine from Mzimba South, six from Chikwawa, five each from Balaka, Karonga, Mangochi, Mulanje, and Nkhotakota, four from Mwanza, three each from Kasungu, and Neno, two from Mchinji and one each from Chiradzulu, Chitipa, Dedza, Ntchisi, Phalombe, and Rumphi districts while two imported cases are new refugees at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa District.

Phuka said he joins President Chakwera to request everyone to act collectively to stop the further spread of Covid-19.

“Let me emphasize that the choices that we make as individuals, families and communities will make the disease to spread further or to stop spreading.

“In as much as health care workers are doing a commendable job in this pandemic, we can ease their pressure of work and save the limited resources if we all choose to strictly adhere to the preventive and containment measures.  The best time to act is now before the system gets overwhelmed,” said Phuka.

The virus that causes Covid-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated  when an infected person coughs, sneezes or exhales, according to World Health Organisation.

Symptoms  from people with Covid-19 range from fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea or vomiting and diarrhoea.

Phuka said the  most important preventive measures t are observing physical distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette including proper wearing of facemask and ensuring adequate ventilation when having activities indoor.

“These measures are essential for reducing the spread of Covid-19. Everyone must continue taking steps to protect themselves and others from virus transmission.

“Watch your distance! Wash your hands! Wear your mask! Seek for care early upon development of symptoms of Covid-19,” Phuka said.

During his address on radio Saturday, President Chakwera said everyone was at risk of contracting Covid-19.

He said Cabinet ministers, members of Parliament, civil servants, the media, opposition party members, the clergy and many others have been affected.

“This virus does not care if you have a lot of money. The virus does not care if you are  good-looking. The virus dies not care if you are young. The virus does not care if you are educated or whatever position you hold.

“The virus has now affected all sectors of the society. Everyone is at risk,” said Chakwera.

The President, an ordained evangelical pastor, said he was going into a  21-day fasting and prayer plan, urging Malawians to also put their faith in God.

Chakwera urged people to be prayer warriors for God to heal the country.

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 8,575 cases including 225 deaths and of these cases, 1,678 are imported infections and 6,896 are locally transmitted.

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Nangozo
Nangozo
6 months ago

Koma fasting 21days matenda ake awa???? Uyu atiphetsatu coz opemphera sadikira matenda kut apemphere ndiye akuti ikufunika vitamin mthupi ndiye iwe ikupedze ukutsala zakudya???? Mukaonanadi ndi Mulungu posakhalitsa

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
6 months ago

Did Kenyata grant the injuction to USA, UK, JAPAN as well????.

Assange
6 months ago

You can see that disease is mostly attacking age. Four of the five are above 60 and one is 35. This is good reporting and it will give us an indication of those vulnerable. That is why the rolling of vaccines is starting with the old and health personnel. The Queen of England, 94 and her husband, 99 both got the jabs. Nkhalamba zenizeni izi.

John chidongo
6 months ago

Kodi inu a Chakwera mukuona ngati anthu sakupephera ophempera ndinu nokha eti? Anthu akusala akupemphera koma nthendayi ikumawapeza be kufa akufabe. Tiyeni tiwalimbikitse kulondoloza zakapewedwe kake. Basi. Ndikukwimitsa malamulo ku amene muku ma returnees wo.odangomva chisoni chopanda nacho phindu.

Castello Ibrahim
Castello Ibrahim
6 months ago

People were misled by some stupid and greedy politicians such as Joyce banda and chilima, and they they went further to push another stupid trapence to go to court over lockdown, the stupid Kenyatta granted injunction which is still in force, as a result innocent Malawians are badly affected. And to make things worse, the president is cluelessly sitting phwii, not knowing what to do. Act now! Revoke the injunction, think of lockdown, masks must be compulsory, think of the vaccine so long u r sure its the right one. Prayers shud blanket it all, not just fasting yet u… Read more »

BigMan
BigMan
6 months ago

Stop lying. We are in the second wave of covid. You are still talking of 2019 election? Get over it!!

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
6 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

True, adakali kulira ma elections. The first wave have no impact on our health but rather this new variant which has mutated.

alpha
alpha
6 months ago

nonsense

Alungwana
Alungwana
6 months ago

I don’t know where you are not getting him right. He says while we are observing the prevention measures, we should also put our faith in God. Muufuna anene kuti mupite kwa asing’anga? Guys we are never safe if we out God outside this pandemic. We should do all what we can in order to defeat this covid. Let us do our part and God will also go his part. I do not think by talking of fasting then he is misleading us or he is leading from behind. Yes let him lead behind God!! Thank you God because we… Read more »

NZERU NKUPANGWA
NZERU NKUPANGWA
6 months ago
Reply to  Alungwana

The chinese controlled covid infection rates and there was no fasting or praying or some religious mojo in their action plan

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
6 months ago

who told there was no fasting or praying-the chinese ambassador?????

Wilkork
Wilkork
6 months ago

Science works with the understanding of Man but prayer works miracles, we really need to pray for Science to work, more fire Mr President

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
6 months ago
Reply to  Wilkork

Science is already working hence leave it alone.

Majaji okuba mavoti
6 months ago

The cluelessnes of pedegu chakwera is now confirmed. He has completely run out of ideas. He wants to blame God for the worsening Corona cases instead of blaming himself for being retarded in thinking. Abusa dzukani kwachaaa!! You can’t run a country with faith. We need actions. But where is baby chilima in all this. Is he also busy snoring? Masaya ali bwafuuu ngati wamasagwidi. Fotseki!

Kayamba Zawanda
Kayamba Zawanda
6 months ago

Covid-19 ili dziko lose lapansi osanama kuti wabweretsa ndi Chakwera. Musiyeni alamulire ndiye amene tidasankha

ONE MILLION JOBS
ONE MILLION JOBS
6 months ago

Pajatu amkati corona kulibe ndiye lero angowauza amalawi kuti zija ndimkakamba zija ndimkangofuna kupeza mpando ndiye lero ndaupeza pepani matendawa alipodi

Alungwana
Alungwana
6 months ago

Ndipo inuu

2019 leader of opposition
2019 leader of opposition
6 months ago

Afew were born to be leaders while Chakwera was born to be good leader of opposition. He used to check an balance dpp government whenever things went wrong and Malawi had a visionary leader of opposition. After bought his presidential sit from northerners judges everything has changed.

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