A Hwange family has been placed under isolation after a family member collapsed and died at their homestead after experiencing difficulties in breathing.
Agneta Tshuma (52), died in the early hours of Tuesday and the family reported a case of sudden death prompting the Hwange COVID-19 response to rush to take samples from the body for testing for COVID-19.
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Speaking to the Chronicle, the woman’s husband, Johannes Sibanda, said his wife had no history of sickness. He said:
We had just finished fetching water around midnight when she started complaining that she was failing to breathe as something was blocking her mouth and nose.
She said she needed fresh air and went to sit by the veranda but suddenly collapsed and started frothing from the mouth. We tried to administer first aid but she died shortly afterwards.
She was not sick and didn’t show any signs of illness. We alerted police who ordered us not to touch or move the body.
The police came in the morning and told villagers not to come for the funeral and we buried her that same morning with a few family members in attendance.
Matabeleland North Provincial and Devolution Minister Richard Moyo who chairs the COVID-19 provincial Taskforce said nothing has been confirmed yet and will only be able to talk about it once the results are out.