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Zimbabwe to bury top officials who died from Covid-19

Funerals are due to take place in Zimbabwe of three senior members of the ruling Zanu-PF party who died with Covid-19 last week.

The three, including the Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo, will be buried at the national shrine, known as Heroes’ Acre, near the capital Harare.

More than 28,000 Zimbabweans have been infected with the coronavirus since the outbreak began and more than 800 have died.

Correspondents say the virus has overwhelmed Zimbabwe’s chronically underfunded health system.

Because of Covid restrictions, the country’s political elites are no longer able to travel abroad for treatment as the former President Robert Mugabe once did so frequently.