Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has confirmed the death of Zororo Makamba (30) who was the second person to test positive to Covid-19 after travelling to the US.
Many fear Zimbabwe, a southern African country on its knees after two decades of economic misrule, basic infrastructures are failing and health services are all but extinct.
Threat of a major COVID-19 outbreak could not have come at a worse time for Zimbabwe. Medicines are in short supply and depleted state coffers mean that the government is unable to purchase sufficient supplies for state-run medical facilities.
At the same time, crippling electricity shortages have become the norm, with citizens enduring as much as 17 hours of daily power outages.
Doctors cannot confirm is there were the only two cases in Zimbabwe or lack of adequate testing facilities would hide the real numbers until it is too late to contain the situation.