Former Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni (MDC) and his wife Francesica and house helper have been admitted to a private hospital in Harare after contracting COVID-19 at a relative’s funeral in Murewa.
Manyenyeni broke the news in a Facebook post on Saturday, saying his condition is less serious as he had been vaccinated against COVID-19. He wrote:
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Friends, we have been struck by COVID-19. Fran was admitted yesterday together with our house help Aunt Eunice. I have just been admitted into the hospital.
All three of us are having the best possible care and attention in the land. I am the one with the least issues (thanks to the Sinopharm Verocell vaccine). Keep us in your prayers and thoughts).
In a subsequent interview with Newzimbabwe.com, the former Mayor revealed how he got the virus. He said:
More than a week ago my wife Fran and l travelled to Murewa at Zihute village where my niece was being buried.
Before her death, her daughter-in-law travelled from Cape Town in South Africa to take care of her in the village. She had COVID-19 but no one knew about it.
Unfortunately, my niece passed on. My wife and l travelled to Murewa for the funeral which later turned out to be a super-spreader as more than 30 cases have been reported after contact tracing in this village. One other person has died so far.
I am not feeling sick although l am weak. My wife got admitted yesterday (Friday) and l got admitted today (Saturday).