Malawi’s election cheer dampened by coronavirus surge

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    Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera said 100,000 face masks would be distributed in the capital Lilongwe [File: Eldson Chagara/Reuters]

    Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera has ordered his inauguration ceremony to be scaled down amid a surge of coronavirus cases, dampening excitement around his election win.

    Chakwera was sworn in last Sunday for a five-year term, hours after unseating Peter Mutharika in a re-run election, and this Monday the country is holding a formal celebration.

    Chakwera said capacity at the national stadium would be halved to 20,000 and at least 100,000 face masks would be distributed in the capital Lilongwe.

    “We’re in a worse situation today than we were three months ago. Coronavirus is spreading everywhere in Malawi and it’s spreading to kill,” he said in a televised address.

    Source: Aljazeera

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