Malawi takes paradigm shift in Covid-19 fight: President Laz says age of lies and misinformation is over

President Lazarus Chakwera  has taken a paradigm shift in national  health governance in relation to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic  aimed at helping populations reduce their individual risk factors and augment their natural immunity.

President Chakwera and vice president Chilima: Malawi, we have a situation!-Photo by Lisa Kadango, Mana
Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 co-chair Dr Phuka .- Photo by Lisa Kadango, Mana
Shift of focus: President Chakwera and his second-in-command Chilima.-Photo by Lisa Kadango, Mana

Speaking at a live televised news conference on Saturday from his private- residence on Area 6 in Lilongwe,  Chakwera said  government is implementing measures to prevent further spread of the virus particularly during the inauguration ceremony for his presidency slated for Monday.

Chakwera, who was flanked by vice-president Saulos Chilima, said  the impact of virus pandemic in the country)has gotten worse in the past three weeks.7

He said the presidency has been been assessing several critical areas that require immediate and strategic government intervention.

“At the top of the list is the Covid-19 pandemic. Following consultations with the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 that was formed by my predecessor, I come before you to give you a sobering report. This report can be summed up in five words: Malawi, we have a situation,” said Chakwera.

He said more than 75 percent of the coronavirus-related deaths have occured  in the past three weeks.

President Chakwera further said the rate of local transmission has also risen in the past three weeks.

“First,it is a fact that even though over 1,400 people have tested positive for Covid- 19 in the last three months, almost half of them have gotten it in the last three weeks,” said Chakwera.

“Secondly, it is a fact that even though most infections in the first three months were spread by persons who caught the virus abroad, most of the infections in the last three weeks have been spread by persons who caught the virus in the local community where they work or live.

“Thirdly, it is a fact that even though 16 people have died from Covid-19 in the last three months, 75% of them have died in the last three weeks,” he added.

Chakwera continued: “Fourthly, it is a fact that even though the number of people found with Covid-19 is just over 1,400, those with the virus may be twenty times that number, spreading it unknowingly because they have not been tested and do not show symptoms.”

President Chakwera said the quartet of facts is telling one simple message that  the coronavirus is spreading all over Malawi.

“It is spreading near each of us; it is spreading faster than before; and it is spreading with the power to kill.

“This truth may be unpleasant, but it is also undeniable, and my administration is committed to telling you the truth. Telling the truth about this virus is not only the right thing to do, but also a matter of life and death. The age of lies and misinformation is over,” he said

The Malawi leader said government is implementing measures to prevent further spread of the virus particularly during the inauguration ceremony slated for Monday at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

Among them, Chakwera said no-one will be allowed in the stadium without wearing a mask.

He said, to those who do not have their own, government has put aside measures including distribution of 100 000 masks to patrons at the event as well as ensuring that their hands are sanitised.

Chakwera said Covid-19 is here, but stressed that “the pandemic must not stop us from living, rather, it should prompt us to change our way of life.”

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Chiga
Chiga
7 months ago

First things first. The most difficult choice is probably one where there only two devils to choose from. What about choosing to die either by a drowning or by wild fire? Many will say by drowning coz it’s probably less painful. But flush floods claim more devastation than wild fires generally. Such was our predicament recently to choose between dying at the hands of corruption, greed, tribalism and lawlessness or at the hands of coronavirus. Two evils and I don’t blame Malawians for choosing first to get rid of the devil that they had known and had the tools to… Read more »

Malawi belong to the citizens

DPP cadets please understand that it was the way your DPP leaders handled this coronavirus from April 2 2020, Most Malawians believed it was a joke,so they did not believe it.How could a country failed to close borders as early as March, because our neighbouring countries had some cases of coronavirus.Peter Munthalika had enough time to close borders and put in place the quarantine facilities to the borders,not amongst the local communities that was poor decisions,it just showed how shallow he was, Lockdown without giving food to the poor another mistake.More people would have been dead by now.Munthalika had enough… Read more »

Ungwelu
Ungwelu
7 months ago

Tonse Alliance took you lightly because you mishandled the whole COVID-19 thing. First you wanted lock down without mitigating measures! No. No. No. Then you were busy importing new cases from Tanzania and South Africa. When the South African cases arrived in the country instead of putting them under quarantine you deliberately left them loose into the communities. How can someone take you seriously with this level of maladministration?

Tonse
Tonse
7 months ago

I think someone has been vindicated, it’s good that international flights are suspended ,we will all die here . Health workers are overwhelmed coz of your denial about Covid 19 during campaigns period, now the country is leaping the fruits of HRDC ant lockdown injunction.
If lockdown is to be imposed ,will the citizens listen to you? Many countries have suspended gathering,but you are busy doing it. Is there any sense of maturity here? Healthcare system is already overwhelmed don’t suffocate it further with this gathering pls pls pls.

Sarah sarah
Sarah sarah
7 months ago

We want leadership not reading statistics, what is your govt going to do to protect its citizens. What are you doing to bring back the lost urgency and precautions in people’s mind like pre election campaign.

Wikleaks
Wikleaks
7 months ago

In fact most publications dont want to blame him and his alliance partners for the stupid remarks they used to make during APM reign . You made people believe that there was no corona and it is stupidity of the highest order to now accept that the virus is here. I remember the PS for health once said that if we continue with such careless approach, the pandemic will become uncontrollable. This so called reverend is so much obssessed with power drive that he would do anything in order to get into power including sacrificing lives of people.

Mwini muzi
7 months ago

A single lie discovered is enough to create doubt over every truth expressed. Now that you are on the helm, let’s see what you can do to deal with an issue you and your followers dispelled that it doesn’t exist. Tough luck!

Timve
Timve
7 months ago

Tonse Judiciary alliance have put lives of Malawians at risk. These people prioritised election over Covid19. Now they have to dig us out of the hole. Very poor leadership

Mofolo
Mofolo
7 months ago

Empty briefing on covid 19. 6 July independence celebrations should be cancelled all together. Why do you want to keep exposing Malawians to Covid 19? Just for you to be given that stupid sword? Do you think you cannot rule the country without the sword? Which constitution are you following? Remember what tonse alliance was saying about covid 19 during the campaign, God is wonderful he has put you in charge to face reality of life and your consequences go and ask HRDC to get an injunction to stop the spread

Wawa
Wawa
7 months ago

You told the Malawi people that there was no Covid in the Country. You conducted political meetings freely and proclaimed that Covid 19 was Fake News by DPP. . Chilima even encouraged his Party followers to hug each other. Now that u have realized that Covid really exists. I think u need to man up and apologize for misleading the Nation. Bring Joyce Banda here. She as well needs to address the Nation on the same.

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