By Own Correspondent
REPORTS says Zororo Makamba, who was said to be the second COVID-19 case in Zimbabwe after he recently returned from the United States, has passed away.
The news was broken on social media via a Twitter handle believed to be controlled by South African-based businessman Mutumwa Mawere.
Said the message: “Mr Zororo Makamba, the son of Mr James Makamba has passed on. MHSRIEP. I have just learned of this tragic loss of life due to the virus. A giant with so much potential has fallen. Coronavirus is real. Let us pause and reflect. Life is too precious.”
Mawere said Zororo collapsed at Wilkins Hospital in Harare.
“He was very close to me. Why would I keep this to myself? This is tragic and I for one am touched by this real loss,” he said.
Zororo Makamba, the son of former Zanu-PF legislator and business James Makamba, was over the weekend rumored to be the second victim of Covid-19 and that he was in Intensive Care Unit.
Zororo Makamba was Director and Co-Founder of Eleven Dogs, a digital media and broadcasting company.
He was the current host and Executive Producer of Point of View with Zororo Makamba and was the second son of Telecel shareholder James Makamba.
Official reports by the Ministry of Health and Child Care on Saturday said that the second coronavirus victim was a 30-year-old man who recently travelled from New York:
THE PATIENT IS A 30-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO RETURNED TO HARARE FROM NEW YORK VIA SOUTH AFRICA EARLIER THIS MONTH.
HE THEN FELL SICK AND SELF-ISOLATED UNTIL HE WENT INTO RESPIRATORY DISTRESS ON THURSDAY AND WAS RUSHED TO HARARE’S WILKINS INFECTIOUS DISEASE HOSPITAL.
A leaked Whatsapp chat revealed that Zororo recently travelled from New York and was in ICU because of chest problems.
[22/03, 10:34] : SOCIALITE ZORORO MAKAMBA SON OF JAMES MAKAMBA IS THE SECOND CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID 19. HE WAS RECENTLY IN NEW YORK IT’S UNKNOWN HOW MANY PEOPLE HE HAS INTERACTED WITH AND INFECTED.
THIS THING IS VERY SERIOUS AND WE URGENTLY NEED TO DO SCENARIO PLANNING
[22/03, 10:34] : IT’S TRUE. HIS GIRLFRIEND NYARI MUTEZO IS A DENTIST. SHE ATTENDED TO SOMEONE WHO THEN TESTED POSITIVE. ZORORO IS IN INTENSIVE CARE. HE HAS A PRE EXISTING CONDITION IN THAT HE HAD A TUMOUR IN HIS CHEST THAT WAS REMOVED. I THINK THAT’S WHY IT HAD AFFECTED HIM BADLY. THE WHOLE MUTEZO FAMILY IS UNDER QUARANTINE
Zororo Makamba is 30 years of age and am avid traveller who friends said recently got back from New York.
According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe’s second confirmed patient was recently in the United States and is 30 years of age.
The statement said the patient recently travelled to New York on 29th February 2020 and returned home on the 9th of March 2020 via Johannesburg, South Africa.
The patient started showing symptoms on the 12th March which progressively got worse on the 19th of March.
More details to follow…