Sibusiso Moyo, Zimbabwe foreign minister has succumbed to COVID-19 as confirmed by the government.
The former army general made headlines back in 2017 when he led the country and the army to overturn the governance of then president Robert Mugabe.
The news follows a recent surge in the number of coronavirus cases most of them being recorded during the festive season.
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At the moment, Zimbabwe has already recorded 825 COVID-19 deaths and 28,675 cases since the first case was confirmed in March.
According to the government, most of the cases have been brought about by frequent trips between Zimbabwe and South Africa.
South Africa alone has recorded the largest number of cases and deaths in Africa. The number of confirmed cases stand at over 1.3 million with the number of deaths standing at over 38,000.
Sibusiso Moyo is the second high ranking member of the government to succumb to the disease after former minister of agriculture Perrance Shiri succumbed to the virus back in July.
Neighbours Malawi have also recorded a spike in the number of cases as President Lazarus Chakwera blamed everyone including himself for relaxing the measures to combat it.
Just last week two ministers succumbed to the virus prompting the government to review its measures especially those they had relaxed.