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Malawi’s local government minister dies after Covid-19 infection

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Malawi’s Local Government Minister Lingson Belekanyama has died after getting Covid-19, according to government officials.

Government officials have confirmed the death of Belekanyama who was diagnosed with Covid-19 two weeks ago.

Local news outlet Nation Online reported that “Min. of Information Gospel Kazako has confirmed the death of Belekanyama saying the country has lost a true patriot, hardworker, unifying factor & someone very focused.”

The minister was quoted as saying that “government will follow Covid-19 procedures in the burial of Belekanyama.”

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Belekanyama is the highest public official and first Cabinet member to succumb to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Malawi has 9,027 confirmed cases of coronavirus including 235 deaths.

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