Zimbabwe has recorded its fourth death from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Health and Child Care Development Minister Obadiah Moyo confirmed the death while speaking on the sidelines of a WHO donation of PPE and a PCR machine in Harare this Wednesday, telling reporters that contact tracing of the case is in progress. Said Moyo:
The patient was an 82-year-old woman from Mhondoro, Mashonaland West province, and died at Westend hospital, Harare, bringing to 4 the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the country. She passed away around 2 AM.
Dr Margaret Maulana Executive Director Health Care Services Premier Service Medical Investments said they have now closed the casualty area and the WestEnd hospital has been fumigated.
As of 21 April, Zimbabwe had recorded 28 COVID-19 cases, with three deaths and two recoveries.
The emergence of the deadly virus has coincided with a sudden spike in the number of people who died of malaria, with 151 deaths having been recorded to date.