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VP Chiwenga Aides Test Positive For COVID-19 In China

31 July 2021

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga's latest visit to China sparked a health emergency at a luxury hotel after two members of his entourage tested positive for COVID-19.

Hundreds of hotel guests at the Legendale Hotel in Beijing were forced to quarantine on Thursday, although officials maintain that Chiwenga was not one of the positive cases.

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Chiwenga (64), arrived in China aboard a private jet with four aides on 23 July to seek treatment for a “throat problem”, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Reports say questions are being raised in China about whether authorities kept the infection from the public.

Chiwenga – who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care – takes regular medical flights to China where he has been treated for an oesophageal health problem.

Meanwhile, China on Saturday reported 55 new coronavirus cases on the mainland for July 30, compared with 64 cases a day earlier, as the Delta variant spreads across the country during the summer holiday.

Thirty of the new infections were local cases, compared with 21 the previous day, the National Health Commission said in a statement. There were no new deaths.

The other 25 cases originated overseas.

More: ZimLive