Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera has asked citizens to join him in fasting and praying against the deadly coronavirus.
He says saying prayers to God will help stop the spread and the impact of coronavirus in the country.
President Chakwera urged “all religiously-inclined citizens and residents of Malawi” to fast and pray for three days starting Thursday.
“The president asks that prayers be lifted up for the recovery of those infected and affected by the virus; the protection and sustenance of healthcare workers on the front-lines of the fight, the protection and diligence of those who have not yet contracted the virus, the effectiveness of the presidential task force on Covid-19…” a statement signed by Information Minister Gospel Kazako said.
The president who is a former preacher also declared Sunday a national day of thanksgiving.
President Lazarus Chakwera has urged people in the country, particularly those religiously-inclined, to join him in observing three days of fasting and prayer.
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For 24 years he was the leader of the Malawi Assemblies of God church and believes prayers can be useful amid the pandemic.
President Chakwera won a re-run presidential election last month beating incumbent president, Peter Mutharika.
Shortly after becoming President he spoke of the extent of the impact of the Covid-19 in the country, declaring it a major crisis.