A 9 Months old baby from Maphisa Matabeleland South reportedly died due to COVID-19 last week, the Chronicle reports. According to the publication, the child had travelled to Bulawayo with her mother and was later on admitted at Maphisa District Hospital with severe Pneumonia and died the following day, becoming Zimbabwe’s first infant to die due to the novel coronavirus.
It was confirmed she had died due to the virus during postmortem. The death was confirmed by Matabeleland South Provincial Medical Officer Dr Rudo Chikodzore who said this to the publication:
As Matabeleland South Province we recorded a Covid-19 death of a nine-month-old female baby from Maphisa area in Matobo District.
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The child died on Saturday at Maphisa District Hospital after she was admitted with severe pneumonia. A post-mortem was then conducted and it revealed that the child had succumbed to Covid-19. These results came in yesterday (Tuesday),” said Dr Chikodzore.
Investigations have shown that the child travelled to Bulawayo some time last week and upon returning she fell ill. This is a local transmission case. We have started making follow ups and we have informed authorities in Bulawayo and we are making follow ups to find the addresses of the people they visited while in Bulawayo.
We are also tracing contacts within the local community. We have been recording cases of children testing positive for the pandemic across the country but this is the first death.
7 other people including politician and businessman Keith Guzhah have tested positive for COVID-19 posthumously and the ministry says the cases are being detected during postmodern because its standard procedure to test for COVID-19 during postmodern.