Chakwera says uptick in Covid-19 infections: ‘Malawi negatively impacted’

President Lazrus Chakwera has said the number of people infected with coronavirus  (Covid-19) pandemic in Malawi  appears to be rising and the country has negatively been impacted with the uptick in infections.

President Chakwera: Covid-19 on the rise in Malawi

Chakwera said this on Saturday during his weekly national address.

He said that even though Malawi has no law to enforce the curbs to life measures, it is everybody’s responsibility to fight the pandemic, reminding people to wash their hands, wear a face mask and socially distance from other people.

The President has reminded all Malawians including minibus operators to always be observant of Covid-19 preventive measures to prevent further spread.

Chakwera has also  hailed the health personnel for their dedication to work during this pandemic.

The Malawi leader  said after every three months, he will be awarding five health personnel with outstanding performance in fighting the pandemic.

Saturday’s Covid-19 situation update says Malawi has registered 108 new virus infenctions, 39 new recoveries and six new deaths, bringing the deaths toll to 120 since April when the country recorded its first three cases.

A situation report from co-chairperson of Presidential Taskforce Force on Covid-19, Dr. John Phuka says two of the deaths are from Lilongwe and one from Likoma.

The other three deaths are from Lilongwe — two occurred on 27th July and one occurred on 26th July.

Malawians are urged to “wash hands, cover faces, keep distance – and get a test if we have symptoms”.

Meanwhile, Phuka reminds the public that the virus pandemic  is often more severe in older people and  those that have health conditions like lung or heart disease, diabetes (sugar disease), hypertension (high BP), TB and HIV, asthma or conditions that affect their immune system.

“It is important ensure that the chronic condition you live with is under control; this means ensuring you are regularly taking medication for diabetes (sugar disease), hypertension (high BP), HIV, TB and  asthma.

“If you are at high risk stay at home, practice preventive measures to minimize your risk of infection and if you are not at high risk, do your part to prevent the spread of coronavirus to those who are.  Let us protect the vulnerable populations,” he said.

Phuka has also advised people to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

“When you are well nourished, the body is better able to resist or combat infection.

“I want to encourage everyone to consume a diversified budget diet comprising of six food groups to boost their immunity regardless of health status.  People who eat a well-balanced diet tend to be healthier with stronger immune systems and lower risk of chronic illnesses and infectious diseases including Covid-19

“It helps to alleviates the symptoms and promotes recovery. Proper nutrition and hydration are vital.”

Phuka also pointed out that there is no known scientific evidence to show immunity in recovered patients and thus there is need for those that have recovered to take extra care in adhering to the preventive measures.

And he also strongly advised the public to desist from using unproven drugs as self medication for the virus whether as a treatment or as prophylaxis as this could lead to serious side effects leading to drug resistance in the long run.

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This man went the length & breadth of the country disputing that Covid-19 was not real, that it is a killer and people worldwide are dying. He said Mutharika wanted to postpone/delay an election and in the process solicit funds from WHO in the name of the virus. That he was terminally ill that is why he couldn’t campaign. Here we are, what excuse are you going to tell the many mourning Malawians who have lost fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces etc – some of them bread winners? To day he comes back unashamedly, trying to advise… Read more »

Kambewa Ngozo
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People should be responsible for their own health and of others. Please follow the advice from health professionals and keep malawi safe

Igbudu
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When you told people to be hugging, what did you expect??????????

Kambewa Ngozo
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Idiot
Just follow the instructions from health professionals.
Osati kunama iwe Mbuzi
Remember Mbuyanu imported covid 19 from South Africa

Terni
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Gule wankulu you told us there is no covid it was a ply by Mutharika to avoid elections! Satana

Kambewa Ngozo
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Foseki
You must be crazy
Mbuyanu did not listen. He imported covid 19 from South Africa

Peloma Pepe
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Peloma Pepe

Clueless! Tell us concrete steps the government is taking not these recycled speeches. On awarding the outstanding health workers, bad move! How do you think those not rewarded will feel? Every health worker is risking his or her life, working hard to save lives. Now you want to reward selected few? Reward every health worker by universal raise in their allowances. Give them PPEs.

Shonai
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No decisive/serious measures like the ones carried out on your mass arrests.Now what!!!!

Kambewa Ngozo
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Those who stole our money much be punished

Chisale
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Chisale

Kutha ma plan kwa Chakwera. Running government is serious business.

Bwalero
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Iam sorry don’t deceive the nation. The death numbersrs from Corona are not true. Many people are dying in our own big hospitals. Why paint wrong picture????. Tell the truth people are dying and you know it

CULTURE
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CULTURE

Mr president, these weekly addresses is just a waste of time. We want to see actions not just talking. These press conferences you were doing while in opposition are not important now. You are now a president just start fulfilling what you promised. Remember that action speaks louder than voice!!!

Banda
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Banda

Clueless Chakwera. The injunctions that you took have comeback to haunt you. Kuphetsa anthu osalakwa.

Kambewa Ngozo
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Foseki
Mbava you must be shitting your self knowing that you are are next to go

Amir
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Amir

Let’s empower our government hospitals as they are here for us in these tough times,money that was put to wrong use by looters could have gone a long way.

We need to move ahead indeed and make progress quickly with reforms.

Priority:Health,food security,education etc

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