HARARE, 20 January 2021 – Zimbabwe’s foreign minister, Sibusiso Moyo, has died from complications from his infection with COVID-19, the government confirmed Wednesday.

He was 61.

Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Moyo Dies of COVID19 - Photo Daily Maverick

Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Moyo Dies of COVID19 – Photo Daily Maverick

Moyo was the face and spokesperson for Zimbabwe’s ruling party when he announced in 2017 the ousting by the army of long-serving former president, Robert Mugabe.

The southern African country is in the midst of a huge spike in coronavirus infections since the end of year festive season.

More than half of the COVID-19 cases in Zimbabwe were detected after New Year Day.

Since March when the virus was first detected in the country, Zimbabwe has reported 28,675 cases (783 of them in the last 24 hours) with 825 deaths (52 of those deaths coming in the last 24 hours), according to health officials.

An estimated 18,110 people have fully recovered from the virus in the country.

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