Zimbabwe Minister dies due to Covid19
Zimbabwe’s Minister of State for Manicaland, Dr. Ellan Gwaradzimba, has died, according to the state-controlled Herald newspaper. The newspaper also reported that 91-year-old nationalist, Morton Malianga, died Friday in Harare. He also served as a senator and member of the board of directors of Zimbabwe Newspapers Group.
Zimbabwe lost its second minister to COVID-19. Gwaradzimba’s son, Rememberance, told state broadcaster the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation that his mother died this Friday morning at a local hospital where she was receiving her treatment. Zimbabwe has entered into a new nationwide lockdown beginning on January 5th until January 31st following a spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
As of Friday, the country had recorded 25,368 COVID-19 cases, 14,714 recoveries and 636 deaths. Public hospitals are under strain due to a shortages of beds and equipment, the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights said on Jan 6. Should Covid-19 infections continue to rise, additional public hospitals may be directed to admit cases, Dr Chiwenga said. On January 14th, Zimbabwe reported 1,112 new cases of coronavirus and 47 deaths, the highest number of daily fatalities since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.