Lilongwe, 10 January, 2021 / 1:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in the Southern African nations of Malawi and Zambia have, in separate statements, expressed concerns about the upsurge in the reported COVID-19 cases in their respective countries.
In their respective statements Thursday, January 7 and Friday, January 8, the Bishops call on the people of God in the two neighboring countries to exercise vigilance and observe COVID-19 measures previously issued by various stakeholders in the country.
In their January 8 collective statement availed to ACI Africa, members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) note “with great concern” the rise in cases of the pandemic and direct that the ECM COVID-19 pastoral guidelines issued March 2020 are still in force and “must be strictly adhered to.”
“Public Health Directives and ECM Guidelines must be strictly observed not only when attending Churches and funerals but wherever one goes including public places such are markets, hospitals, etc.,” ECM members say.
They add, “Until the situation normalizes it is irresponsible to think that we can continue to live normal life either as Priests or the Lay faithful hence the need to follow precautionary measures at all times and everywhere.”