- April 12, 2020
- Posted in LOCAL
A well-known miner succumbed to the deadly COVID-19 also known as Coronavirus on the 8th April 2020.
In a statement, the Ministry of Health and Child Care announced “patient 9” as he was known died on the 8th of April 2020 at the Wilkins Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in Harare.
“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 COVID-19 with 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 stabilize him.” said the statement from the Ministry.
He was buried in line with Public Health Act regulations and according to his nephew, only a single relative attended. Health expert say people who die of coronavirus COVID-19 are buried 24 hours after their death with a couple of less than 10 witnesses.
News of his death started surfacing on various mining whatsapp groups with a misleading image with a caption that he had died in Kwekwe and his death had not been recorded. His nephew set the record straight saying “He is my uncle, vatochengetwa havo ne state (he has been buried by the state) , one person had a chance to be there” as per an announcement by the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
In the absence of treatment or a vaccine, ceasing most human contact is the only way to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Essentially, the less contact people have with each other, the less the virus can spread. Given the rapid spread of the virus, social lockdown is urgent to bring overall transmission down, and see whether testing followed by isolation could be effective – this is all in an attempt to ‘flatten the curve’ or reduce infections and spread cases out over a longer time frame to avoid overwhelming health systems.
We as Mining Zimbabwe convey our deepest condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in Peace.
Mining Zimbabwe has not published the name of the deceased in line with the MoHCC regulations. MoHCC does not name Covid-19 victims.