Death of Zimbabwe broadcaster, 30, from coronavirus a tragedy

By BBC On Mon, 23 Mar, 2020 19:23 | < 1 min read
Zoroko Maramba
Zoroko Makamba had a high profile as a broadcaster and had come from a wealthy family. PHOTO | TWITTER

The death of Zimbabwean broadcaster Zororo Makamba, 30, is a tragic illustration that even the young can succumb to coronavirus.

Makamba had a high profile as a broadcaster and had come from a wealthy family.

He was diagnosed with coronavirus on Saturday, and his condition deteriorated rapidly after he was admitted to an isolation centre in the capital, Harare.

Meanwhile, the first man to contract the virus is said to be recovering well in self-isolation.

There are concerns about Zimbabwe’s ability to cope with the disease, even if there are only a few cases. A nation which, at the best of times, has shortages of basics such as painkillers, gloves and masks, and a more critical shortage of ventilators and oxygen tanks.

As reality sinks in, Zimbabweans have begun observing a ban on large gatherings.

On Sunday, churches were largely empty and on Monday banking halls and some supermarkets are limiting the number of people within their premises.

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