Minister of Health and Child Care Obadiah Moyo

Zimbabwe has recorded its second COVID-19 death after a 79-year old Bulawayo man succumbed to the virus.

The man who was the 11th confirmed case of Covid-19 died on Saturday, 4 April.

At the time of his death, his COVID-19 status was yet to be known.  His test results only came out on the 7th of April three days after his death, confirming he was positive.

According to the latest Health ministry updates the man had no history of travel outside Zimbabwe however indicated that he had been to a tourist resort in Hwange between 14 and 16 March.

The unidentified man, presented to his general practitioner on March 23 with a cough, fever and sore throat.

He was prescribed some antibiotics but his condition did not improve.

“He presented to a local hospital on Thursday where he was admitted as he was having difficulty in breathing,” a statement from the ministry said.

“Contact tracing for the above case is in progress and the Ministry continues to be on HIGH alert to the COVID-I9 pandemic”, read the statement.

Meanwhile, the Ministry would like to remind the nation that, the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-I9 are to practise good personal hygiene and social distancing.

COVID-I9 toll free hotline number: 2019.