Congregants at Mangochi CCAP failed to meet on Sunday and were sent back following reports that their pastor had tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Kulinji.com observed that members including those in the choir were unaware of the development and were sent back by the guard as they premises were being disinfected.
An inside source confirmed that the church’s moderator and his wife have tested positive for the pandemic hence the action.
“Things are not well at the Manse. Just last week the wife to abusa was in contact with fellow women. There is great fear of possible transmission of the virus,” he said.
According to the source, the pastor’s wife is in isolation ward at Mangochi District Hospital while the husband is on self quarantine at home.
The church’s session clerk Andrew M’bobo was not available for details, especially to respond to when they expect services to resume.
Recently, Mangochi District Environmental Health Officer Dr Kondwani Mamba said residence around Mangochi Boma and surrounding Traditional Authorities (T/A) like Chowe, Chimwala and Mponda are at risk of contracting the virus since the areas are congested and that frequent travels that take place there.
About the follow ups to Christians who were in close contact with the pastor’s wife, Mamba said the DHO is on Monday tracing them and taking their samples for testing.
“We are just advising those who were in close contact recently with the family to avoid movements among others until we have collected their samples and tested them,” he explained.
Mangochi has confirmed 84 cases, while total confirmed cases at national level was at 2,364 by Sunday.