Journalist is first person in Zimbabwe to die from Covid-19

A Zimbabwean journalist who recently travelled to the US and Tanzania is the country's first Covid-19 fatality.
A Zimbabwean journalist who recently travelled to the US and Tanzania is the country's first Covid-19 fatality.
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Zimbabwean broadcast journalist Zororo Makamba, 30, has been declared the country’s first Covid-19 death.

Mtumwa Mawere, a friend of the Makamba family, broke the news on Twitter on Monday morning.

Makamba was Zimbabwe's second reported positive Covid-19 patient, health and child care minister Obadiah Moyo said on Saturday.

Donald Mujiri, public relations officer at the ministry of health and childcare, told TimesLIVE a detailed statement would be issued later.

Makamba died at the Wilkins Infectious Diseases hospital in Harare, the city’s only Covid-19 facility.

The journalist had travelled to South Korea on November 2 last year, and then visited New York on January 17. After his return to Zimbabwe on February 22, he travelled to Tanzania two days later.

He went to the doctor on March 16 because he had a cough and fever.

After his return from his international visits, Makamba had engagements with various groups of people, socially and professionally.

Bank ABC, a leading Zimbabwean financial institution, in a statement identifying him as “second patient”, said he interacted with four of its staff members. Since the news broke, the bank had taken measures to manage the situation.

“All employees who interacted with the patient and their contact persons were immediately identified for further management. While none of the affected employees has shown any symptoms, preventative measures, which include 14 days of self-quarantine, as per health officials guidelines, have been activated,” said bank CEO Lance Mambondiani.

Makamba was the son of prominent telecommunications businessman James Makamba.  He started his media career at ZiFM Stereo, where he hosted current affairs programmes.

Zimbabwe's first Covid-19 recorded case is recovering in her Victoria Falls home in self-isolation. Seven out of 18 people who came into contact with her are being closely monitored. Eleven of those contact are yet to be located, and so far none of those monitored have tested positive.

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