Zimbabwe records first COVID-19 death

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Tawanda Marwizi

The death, Monday morning, of socialite and TV personality Zororo Makamba has seen Zimbabwe recording its first COVID-19 death.

Zororo (30), who was businessman and politician James Makamba’s son, died at Wilkins Hospital in Harare.

Zimbabwe had two confirmed cases of the disease before Makamba’s demise.

The popular TV personality travelled to New York, United States of America on February 29 and returned home on March 9, via Johannesburg.

Reports have also indicated that Makamba had myasthenia gravis, a condition believed to have weakened his immune system.

According to a government statement released during the weekend, Makamba started exhibiting mild symptoms, flu-like illness, on March 12, which progressively got worse on March 19.

Makamba reportedly consulted his doctor who advised him to self-isolate before he developed severe respiratory distress.

After stabilisation at home, Makamba was admitted for isolation and clinical management before his eventual demise,

Family friend Mutumwa Mawere broke the sad news of Makamba’s death when he posted on Twitter before this was confirmed by Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo.

Meanwhile, BancABC also announced that four of its workers who had meetings with the late TV personality have been put on self-isolation.

“BancABC Zimbabwe would like to advise all our stake holders that Patient No 2 (as confirmed by the Ministry of Health) visited our Mount Pleasant Campus on Tuesday 17 March 2020 at 11.30 am and had meetings with four of our staff members for a duration of approximately 15 minutes.

“Out of the abundance of caution, all employees who interacted with the patient and their contact person were immediately identified for further management. Whilst none of the affected employees have shown any symptoms preventative measures which include a 14-day self-quarantine as per health officials’ guidelines have been activated,” reads part of the statement.

In another development, a popular night club in Borrowdale where Makamba visited recently has closed operations.

In a statement, Pabloz said: “Dear Customers due to the ongoing COVID 19 crisis Pabloz Club and VIP have taken the considered decision to cease operations until further notice.”

The other confirmed COVID-19 case was recorded in Victoria Falls of a local man who had travelled to the United Kingdom.

According to the World Health Organization there are 292 142 confirmed cases globally while a total of 12 784 deaths have occurred.

In Africa, a total of 739 cases have been confirmed with 20 deaths.

In its risk assessment, the WHO is still classifying the pandemic as very high.

 

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