President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has expressed shock over the death of a 51 year-old Malawian of Asian origin due to coronavirus.

Mutharika said this during his state of the nation addressed aired on state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) on Tuesday night.

“As we are all aware, this country is going through very difficult times with the coronavirus. The disease has affected the whole world. It is creating a lot of fear, suffering and loss of life. Here in Malawi, we are now registering new cases almost every day.

“But more sadly, I have learnt that we have lost one of our own to the disease. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family for this loss,” said Mutharika.

On the other hand Mutharika hailed the health workers for their sacrifice in this difficult moment.

“I wish to thank all Malawians who are complying with the measures put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus. I also thank all those that are working with us in fighting this pandemic.

“Specifically, I want to thank our health care workers for their sacrifice to heal our nation from this disease. I know this is a challenge for us all. But God has given us the duty to save the life of his people. We can only win this war if we work together. I am confident that we will win this war,” he added.

Meanwhile the country has registered 8 cases of coronavirus.

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