President of the Republic of Malawi Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera urges people in the country to continue observing all precautionary measures to defeat COVID-19 pandemic.
In his second national address on the pandemic last night, Chakwera warns Malawians on the deadly virus.
“As of now there is no solution or weapon for beating this pandemic. Stopping the spread of this virus demands combination of intervention from all sectors of society and coordination across ministries. But none of those intervention and coordination efforts will matter if you as citizens are still behaving as if there is no pandemic”.
He added to say ,”At present, the most fierce outbreaks of the virus are occuring in the urban areas of Blantyre, Zomba,Lilongwe and Mzuzu, as well as in the districts that are a long the boarders with neighboring counties, and yet surprisingly, there are Millions of people in these areas ignoring the preventive Measures”.
Dr Chakwera,then called upon Malawians to be following what He calls the three “Ws” which have proven to reduce infections and save lives.
“These Ws are; ‘Watch your distance’,’Wash your hands’, and ‘Wear Mask.”
“At the moment, we do not have the law in place to enforce these rules and punish those who found to be in violation of them”, said Chakwera.
He went further to say that the Attorney General and the Ministry of Justice are working on providing a such Law.
“But the bottom line is that this fight is a matter of your life and death, and so it should not require a law and a police officer to force you do the simple things that will save your life and save the lives of those you love, those you work with, and those you love with,”
“You are our first line of defense against the virus, and if you do not do your part by consistently observing those three simple rules, then all the effort of the government and the health workers will be in vain. This is a fight for all of us,” he said.
The President report comes in a time when Malawi has recorded 4186 cases of COVID-19 with 120 deaths and 1914 recoveries.