A Zimbabwean returnee who was in quarantine at Mkoba Teachers’ College, Gweru, Midlands Province has died.
This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Ndavaningi Nick Mangwana.
Mangwana said that the deceased was a 31-year old woman and the cause of her death is still to be established. He said:
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We wish to notify of the tragic passing on of one of the residents housed at Mkoba Teachers College. The deceased was a 31-year-old woman. Cause of death is not yet established. Details will be given once available. Our condolences are with the bereaved family and friends.
The development was confirmed by Midlands Provincial Medical Director (PMD), who said the cause of the woman’s death was unknown and a medical team is carrying out investigations to establish the cause. He said:
I can confirm that a woman who returned from South Africa and was staying at Mkoba Teacher’s College quarantine centre in Gweru died today (yesterday).
The woman returned from South Africa together with her husband. Her medical history shows that she had not been feeling well for some time. She is said to have been ill for a long time.
However, we are investigating the case to see if it is related to Covid-19. Indications also show that she might have succumbed to other ailments.
We will furnish you with more details once we ascertain the cause of her death
Currently, 358 returnees from South Africa and Botswana are quarantined in the Midlands province at Gweru Polytechnic College and Mkoba Teachers College as a way of mitigating against the spread of Covid-19.
On Sunday, 89 citizens from South Africa and Botswana returned home and they were immediately placed under mandatory quarantine.
48 of them came from South Africa and the other 41 from Botswana.