First Lady Monica Chakwera has said she is saddened with rising numbers of people contracting Covid-19, the strands for coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Madam Chakwera said there is great need for Malawians to take precaution measures; like washing hands, social distancing and face covering to prevent the spread of the contagion.

She was speaking at the presidential palace in Lilongwe when China presented a donation of medical materials to help Malawi in the fight against the virus pandemic.

The donation consisting of thermometers and face masks was presented at Kamuzu Palace on Tuesday through the First Lady.

The First Lady said she was “grateful” to China for the gesture which she said will go a long way in the fight against the pandemic.

She said the donation, which is targeting mothers, the youth and health workers, has come at a right time and appealed to the beneficiaries to use the materials for their intended purpose if the fight against the pandemic is to materialise.

Malawi is currently facing a surge in cases, partially because of the winter season, which health experts say provides fertile ground for the coronavirus.

The surge is also attributed to a failure to control crowds during recent election campaign rallies and a return of migrant workers from South Africa.

Malawi has confirmed close to 4 000 cases including almost 103 deaths. Officials say more than 700 of these cases have come from abroad, while 1,000 others have originated locally.