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  Covid-19 kills four senior Malawi officials in a day as infections skyrocket
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jan 15, 2021 07:56am
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AuthorAnna Pujol-Mazzini
News DateWednesday, January 13, 2021 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTwo cabinet ministers and two senior politicians in Malawi died of Covid-19 over a 24-hour period as the country recorded its sharpest rise in cases since the start of the pandemic.

Local government minister Lingson Belekanyama and minister of transport Sidik Mia both passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, while two other senior government figures have also died, authorities have said in separate statements.

"This morning alone, Covid-19's crusade of death claimed the lives of two high-ranking government officials," President Lazarus Chakwera said in a radio address to the nation on Tuesday.

The deaths followed a cabinet meeting in December where all 31 members of Malawi's cabinet gathered at the president's office, although it is unclear where the victims were infected. Other ministers have been infected but have since recovered or are self-isolating.

"We presently find ourselves in one of the darkest hours in our nation’s history. We have entered the eye of this pandemic's storm," Mr Chakwera added, urging Malawians to wear masks and socially distance to help prevent the spread of the virus.
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