Malawi’s new President sworn-in ceremony to be kept low-profile, amidst COVID-19 scare

In an impressive measure, Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera has ordered his inauguration ceremony to be kept low-profile. The decision has been taken in the wake of augmenting coronavirus cases in the country.

Lazarus Chakwera has been sworn in as the new President of Malawi for a five-year term on July 5, after defeating Peter Mutharika in a re-run election. Malawi is to hold a formal celebration on July 6.

The order for the official ceremony to be kept low-profile has significantly diminished the excitement of President Lazarus Chakwera electoral win for his followers.

President 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.

President Chakwera said, “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 added, “Community transmission has escalated in the last three weeks… However, we must strike a balance between public safety and social functioning of our country.”

He said that new measures to stem the spread of the virus would be announced on July 7, when a new Health Minister will be appointed.

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