29 Zimbabweans die of Covid-19 in Britain

STAFF WRITER

AT LEAST 29 Zimbabweans have succumbed to Covid-19 in Britain, according to the Zimbabwean Embassy in London.

These were mostly frontline health staff in the hard-hit country with over 18 700 deaths from the pandemic.

Back home, four have died in a total of 29 confirmed incidences of the disease.

With an estimated over 60 000 Zimbabweans in the UK mostly employed in the nursing field and in nursing homes, thousands are vulnerable to infection.

Ambassador Christian Katsande however said the numbers might not be exact as they are yet to get an official update from the British government.

“To date, the Embassy has not received updated information from the host Government on the deaths of Zimbabweans due to Covid-19, understandably because the British government has explained that it is currently seized with implementing measures to contain the pandemic.”

Katsande said they “promised to provide detailed information as soon as it is possible.”

The 29 were an estimate from its interaction with Zimbabwean citizens in Britain.

The ambassador said it “has been able to gather information from the Diaspora community and religious leaders, cluster leaders, affected individuals and the media, on Zimbabweans who have passed on due to Covid-19”.

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