Opposition politician Jacob Ngarivhume hit by COVID-19

TRANSFORM Zimbabwe founder Jacob Ngarivhume is down with a COVID-19 infection.

The 2018 Parliamentary elections losing contender made the revelations on his social media platforms, adding that he was incapacitated as a result.

“I’m currently down with Covid-19 and won’t be able to make my visit to the CID or ZACC. It is another sobering reminder that we need to continue fighting corruption to improve our health services.”

Ngarivhume has been taking to the streets during the lockdown, organising campaigns to clean up at Mbare Musika in Harare last month.

Meanwhile, NewsDay owner and veteran media entrepreneur Trevor Ncube is also gutted after his family members died of Covid-19 just days apart, while others are sick with the virus. Ncube made the announcement himself on Facebook.

“My niece, Lorraine Ncube has succumbed to COVID-19 while we are still dealing with the shock of my father’s passing,” he said.

His father died of Covid-19 over the weekend aged 86.

“My mother is in a high dependency Covid-19 unit oblivious to what has just happened. I am praying for all those in similar circumstances. Lorraine was a loving and hardworking person.”

Trevor added that Lorraine had missed his father’s funeral in Bulawayo as she was in isolation in Harare. He said upon his return from Bulawayo, he checked on her and she indicated she was doing well, only to die thirty minutes later.

The late Lorraine Ncube. 📷PHOTO: Trevor Ncube via Facebook

Ncube’s mother who is in critical care, is yet to be told that her husband and granddaughter have died just three days apart.

“How are we going to break the shocking news to her?” said a tearful Trevor. “There are no words to describe the pain we are going through… Covid-19 is ravaging families and inflicting tremendous pain, trauma and anxiety. Lorraine will be laid to rest Wednesday morning in Harare.”

Ncube urged Zimbabweans to heed the lockdown restrictions meant to save lives: to sanitize, social distance and to wear masks properly and correctly.

President Mnangagwa last night extended by another two weeks the initial two weeks of level 4 lockdown saying cases were still high and deaths were climbing up. □

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