LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi Former President Peter Mutharika has been vindicated on stiff measures his leadership put to contain Covid-19 pandemic with scourge of its second wave early December 2020.

Mutharika stepped in on Saturday, January 9, 2021 to to fill a leadership vacuum over rising cases of the virus as President Lazarus Chakwera was quite.

In a brief Facebook post, Mutharika urged Malawians to wash hands, mask up and avoid crowded places.

Come Sunday, January 10, President Chakwera repeated on what his predecessor said urging Malawians to mask up.

The nation expected more on the president but instead he advocated for 21 days fasting against the pandemic.

In his nation address Chakwera urged Malawians to intensify prayer to God for mercies on the pandemic.

“Let us intensify our prayers to God for his mercy to come down to our deliverance. I have personally joined our church in a program of 21-day fasting and prayer, and I encourage this nation to call on God. Wherever you are, as you fast and pray, God is able to do more than we can,” said Chakwera.

Last year in July, Chakwera also called on religiously inclined people in Malawi to join him in three days of prayer and fasting against the spread of Covid-19.

But prior towards June 23 Fresh Presidential elections Chakwera failed to advocate Covid-19 measures while former President Joyce Banda said there was no Covid-19.

On Saturday, Malawi registered a record high of 381 new COVID-19 cases and also a record high of 12 new deaths.

Cumulatively, as of January 9, 2021, Malawi had recorded 8,306 cases including 220 deaths out of 94601 tests.

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