By Staff Reporter
ZIMBABWE on Wednesday recorded its third Covid-19 death in three weeks after a 50-year-old Harare man who became the country’s ninth confirmed death succumbed to the global pandemic.
In a statement, the Health Ministry identified the victim as a 50-year-old male patient who had been admitted at Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
According to authorities, the deceased had travelled to the United Kingdom and returned home on the 21st of March.
“He started exhibiting mild symptoms and alerted the local COVID-19 Rapid Response Team on the 1st of April 2020 which went to assess him at home and collected samples for testing,” said the ministry.
“He was diagnosed of COVID-19 with an underlying comorbidity on the 2nd of April 2020 and initially was being managed at home.
“His condition however deteriorated and the local medical team immediately went to stabilise him.
“On the 7th of April 2020, he was admitted for critical and management in the ICU until he died Wednesday evening.”
The country has so far recorded 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a space of three weeks.
While Zimbabwe remains a relatively low risk territory in terms of Covid-19, government has not taken any chances with the country now half-way through its 21-day lockdown to prevent the further spread of the dreaded disease.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appealed to locals not to be deceived by the low figures recorded, adding that the worst could come of the virus as the country approaches winter in a couple of months.
Covid-19 has shown to be thriving most in cold weather.