Malawi’s Local Government Minister Lingson Belekanyama has died after getting Covid-19.

Information Minister Gospel Kazako is quoted by Malawi’s Nation Online as saying that his colleague was a “true patriot”.

The homeland security minister has been quoted by Malawi’s Capital FM confirming the death in a Facebook post.

Mr Belekanyama was diagnosed with Covid-19 two weeks ago.

Malawi has 9,027 confirmed cases of coronavirus including 235 deaths.