Written by  McDonald Chiwayula
President Dr Lazarus Chakwera says if the country stays the course of prevention and treatment,  the war against COVID-19 will be easily won.
Dr. Chakwera addressing the nation. Dr. Chakwera addressing the nation.
The President was speaking at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe during the weekly broadcasts to the Nation. Dr Chakwera  said there's hope that the coordinated efforts and radical changes his administration is making to swiftly respond to the pandemic will continue  yielding positive results.
"While the State of National Disaster continues and has now lasted 40 days, it may be difficult to see that we are winning this war. But we are. And if we stay the course of prevention, treatment, and immunization, a day is coming when we shall be able to gather again, laugh again, play again, hug again, celebrate again, travel again, shake hands again, and do rallies again. As it is written in the Holy Scriptures, 'Weeping may endure for  a night, but joy cometh in the morning!” Said the Malawi leader.
In his address Dr. Chakwera mentioned some key highlights on Government's interventions:
•100,000 vaccine doses for frontline health 
workers guaranteed by African Union.
•1.5 million vaccine doses to be in by February end.
• 54  COVID-19 patients have died but 2,861 have recovered in the past week.
• National COVID-19 positivity rate stands at 15 percent but targeted to be reduced to 5 percent.
The President has lauded efforts by private citizens for realising that the pandemic is here and it requires concerted efforts to win the fight.
"It is in this spirit of hope that I want to thank the COVID-19 response by Private Citizens, as well as other private initiatives all over the country, for demonstrating what it means to not give in to despair in times of crisis. In fact, I commend them for the example they have set toother citizens of how to be part of the solution instead of thinking that Government has all the solutions," said Dr Chakwera.
Signing off the President has assured the Nation that his Administration is working round the clock, leaving no one behind in this crisis and in his next broadcast he will detail all designed measures to  cushion the poor against the economic aftershocks of the pandemic, to revitalize the business sector, and to get the country back on track with the transformation agenda. 
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