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LANDS, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement minister Perrance Shiri, pictured, died in the wee hours of yesterday, days after his driver succumbed to the lethal coronavirus that is fast getting out of control in the country.
“It is with sadness that I announce the passing on of our minister of Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Air Chief Marshall (Rtd), Perence Shiri.
The driver later developed coronavirus symptoms, before succumbing to the illness at the weekend.
The unmarried former air marshal was said to have suffered serious complications in the early hours of Wednesday morning — resulting in him dying while trying to drive himself to hospital.
“We have received apologies from Obert Mpofu (Zanu PF’s secretary for administration) and Simbarashe Mumbengegwi (secretary for foreign affairs) who are of course in self-quarantine.“We have met to discuss urgent issues which include Covid-19 which has suddenly spiked and continues to do so as the surge in both infections — the most worrying being domestic infections — and the spike in deaths shows.“The indication is that the number will continue to grow despite the measures we put in place to combat it. So, we meet to discuss whether the measures are adequate,” Mnangagwa said.
This came after several companies had also been hit by the virus, severely affecting their operations.
The State broadcaster immediately ordered all its workers at Pockets Hill in Harare to go for mandatory testing.
This has seen hospitals such as St Anne’s in Harare being besieged by people requesting to be tested.
Private testing can cost as much as US$70 per person.