Zimbabwe recorded a 3rd COVID-19 death today. This was revealed in a press release published by the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
According to the statement, the deceased is a 50-year-old man who travelled to the UK last month and presented mild symptoms on 1 April but his condition deteriorated yesterday and he died at Wilkins Infectious Diseases Hospital today.
Part of the statement notifying the country about the 3rd COVID-19 death reads:
The Ministry however would like to report that the ninth patient deceased today under admission in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Wilkins Hospital. He was a 50 year-old male resident of Harare, who had travelled to the United Kingdom and returned home on the 21st of March 2020.
He started exhibiting mild symptoms and alerted the local COVID-19 Rapid Response Team on the 1st of April 2020, which went to assess him at home and collected samples for testing. He was diagnosed of COV1D-19 with an underlying comorbidity on the 2nd of April 2020 and initially, was being managed at home.
His condition however deteriorated and the local medical team immediately went to stabilise him.
On the 7th of April 2020, he was admitted for critical care and management in ICU at Wilkins Hospital under the care of a Specialist Physician. Today, the 8th of April 2020, his condition continued to deteriorate despite management in ICU until he deceased this evening.
Zororo Makamba was the first COVID-19 fatality followed by a 79-year-old man in Bulawayo whose specimens sample results came in 3 days after his death.