Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa says the war against Covid-19 can only be won if it is approached from a united front.
Zimbabwe has recorded 29 408 cases of the disease and 879 deaths since March last year.
At the double burial of Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Ellen Gwaradzimba and Zanu-PF Central Committee member Morton Malianga, President Mnangagwa said: “Equally, the current deadly war against the evil Covid-19 pandemic facing our nation we will win as a united people.
“The present Covid-19 variant is stronger and spreads much faster, hence we must be more vigilant, disciplined and shift our attitude and behaviour.”
He added: “Alive to the ongoing reality, let us however not lose heart. Let us fight on and resolve to overcome. In our organisations, communities and families, social groups and communication platforms; we must keep hope alive.
“It is also paramount that we all follow the health and security protocols and procedures to contain the spread of the pandemic.”
Gwaradzimba succumbed to Covid-19 complications while Malianga died after a long illness.
This was the third double burial following double burials of national heroines Victoria Chitepo and Vivian Mwashita in 2016 and George Rutanhire and Maud Muzenda in 2017.