After the country recorded 800 confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases, information minister Gospel Kazako has called for calm, saying the disease can still be contained through behaviour change.
Kazako made the remarks when the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 Chairperson Dr.John Phuka announced that 853 new cases have been recorded in testing done in a single day.
This, according to Phuka, bring the total number to 13,880.
But Kazako, while sounding cautious, said the good news is that many survive by adhering to hygiene and physical distancing protocols.
At least 336 are known to have succumbed to the disease while 6,127 others got healed.
“We will win this fight. But we must observe the basics of personal hygiene and physical distancing,” he said.
Education Minister Agnes Nyalonje also stated that despite an increase in cases in schools, examinations are set to continue.
She also emphasized that while schools will remain closed, those in boarding schools will remain there until they are tested or safe to go home.
In an address to the nation, President Lazarus Chakwera announced measures to increase the country’s capacity to take care of those with the virus and in need of hospitalization.
Currently, works are underway to upgrade the old State Logde in Zomba and the Bingu Stadium among other places to become COVID-19 care hotspots.
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