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COVID-19: Editor’s message of condolences to those who lost their loved ones.

Sunday, 24th January, 2021

As journalists, we report about the death of high-profile people every week now, we seem to forget about the poorest of the poor in the rural areas who are the most affected.

Today, I am not writing to criticise or blame anyone but to pass condolences to all citizens of this country who have lost their loved ones in the midst of the pandemic.

I am writing to give hope to those in hospital beds, don't be afraid, even if you are struggling to breathe, just pray in the spirit and communicate with God, the one who provides the best medication that heals the body and the soul, I mean the one who commanded us to fear not.

I am writing to remind the Nation that according to the figures released by the Ministry of Health, we have close to 10 000 patients who recovered from COVID-19, this means there’s hope, testing positive is not a death sentence.

As journalists, we may not publish each and every story particularly about the plight of the poor who are adversely affected by the pandemic, but they must know we are with them, we know the death toll in this country is higher than the figures released by government and that’s why mortuaries are now running short of space.

In conclusion, let me warn the youth never to mislead themselves that this virus is only affecting the elderly, we must work collectively to fight COVID-19 by adopting preventive measures, wash your hands with clean water and soap, wear your mask covering your noise and mouth, avoid crowds and sanitise your hands.

As a Nation, let’s unite and fight the virus, the one who commanded us to fear not, will give us strength.

COVID-19: Editor’s message of condolences to those who lost their loved ones.
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