Malawi declares state of disaster after two ministers died of Covid-19 - Africa Feeds

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Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera has declared a state of disaster in the country following the death of two cabinet ministers from Covid-19.
Malawi’s transport minister Sidik Mia is the second cabinet minister to have died from Covid-19 following the death of Local Government Minister Lingson Berekanyama also from a Covid-19 infection.
The two government appointees succumbed to the disease in the early hours of Tuesday.

#Malawi President @LAZARUSCHAKWERA today addressed the nation following the death of cabinet Ministers Hon. Lingson Belekanyama and Hon. Sidik Mia and the increase of #coronavirus cases. Here’s the address in full. #COVID19
— Malawi Government🇲🇼 (@MalawiGovt) January 12, 2021
In an address to the nation President Chakwera called the deaths an “incalculable loss” and announced a three-day mourning.
He also summoned an emergency meeting of the COVID-19 task force to issue potential new measures.

This declaration of a state of national disaster is but a first step towards a possible declaration of a state of emergency subject to consultation with and approval from the Defense and Security Committee of the National Assembly as stipulated in Section 45 of the Constitution.
— Malawi Government🇲🇼 (@MalawiGovt) January 12, 2021
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The deceased ministers were senior members of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), the main partner in an alliance that unseated former President Peter Mutharika in June last year.

— Malawi Government🇲🇼 (@MalawiGovt) January 12, 2021
Speculations are rife that the deaths followed a cabinet meeting and other gatherings attended by politicians over the Christmas period.
All 31 of Malawi’s cabinet attended the meeting in the president’s oval office on December 21.
Malawi has so far recorded more than 9,000 cases with 235 deaths.

Since the start of this new year 11 days ago, the number of people confirmed to be newly infected has exceeded 2500, pushing the total number of confirmed cases past 9000, of which more than 7000 have been local transmissions. #COVID19
— Malawi Government🇲🇼 (@MalawiGovt) January 12, 2021
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