The Government of the Republic of Burundi have announced the unexpected death of President Pierre Nkurunziza that occurred at the Karusi Fiftieth Anniversary Hospital. Nkurunziza died of Coronavirus.

Nkurunziza is reported to have attended a volleyball match on Saturday afternoon and was taken to hospital that evening after falling ill.

The Burundian government revealed that he seemed to had recovered on Sunday and spoke to those around him however he unexpectedly got worse on Monday morning.

Nkurunziza then suffered an attack and even though an immediate resuscitation was attempted, doctors were unable to revive him.

The Burundi government said there would be a period of national mourning for seven days from Tuesday and that flags would be flown at half-mast.