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.