Mutharika Hails Faith Groups in Fight Against COVID-19

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President Peter Mutharika has commended religious groups in the country for taking a leading role in the fight against novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mutharika made the remarks yesterday when he met officials from Public Affairs Committee (PAC) at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

“Let me speak about Coronavirus. Coronavirus is real as most of you have agreed. I want to commend various faith groups who have been steadfast in teaching the dangers of Coronavirus and even suspending church gatherings,”

“You do not wait to be told by Government for you to be wise. The problem before us demands wisdom,” Mutharika said.

Mutharika also commended PAC for committing to play a role in fighting Coronavirus by accepting to be in the then Cabinet Committee on the pandemic.

“I appointed the Chairperson of PAC to sit on the then Cabinet Committee because I want you and the faith organisations behind you to be taking your concerns and advice straight to that committee,”

“For your information, I have now renamed it Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus because I want it to be all inclusive, including a representative from the Opposition. But I also want Public Health experts to take a leading role alongside Government,” he said.

Addressing the nation on Tuesday, Mutharika appealed to Malawians not to listen to those that are politicizing Coronavirus (COVID-19) fight in Malawi.

He said human life is sacred, hence all Malawians should be united to fight the disease as a common enemy.

The President said Coronavirus is in every country and anyone who denies the existence of the disease must be sent to the mental hospital or to a lunatic asylum.