Zimbabwe agric minister died of COVID-19


Late Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister Perrance Shiri has been confirmed to have died from the COVID-19 infection.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa disclosed this during a funeral wake at Shiri’s home in Harare, the country’s capital.

Shiri, a retired general who helped plot a coup that ousted Robert Mugabe in 2017, died on Wednesday.

“Now that it is confirmed that Minister Shiri died of COVID-19, we will follow World Health Organisation regulations on how the funeral should proceed,” Mnangagwa said.

The late liberation war veteran has been declared a national hero. He will be buried on Friday.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has recorded 2,879 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 40 deaths.

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