The death toll from cholera in Zimbabwe has risen to 775, with 16 141 suspected cases reported across the southern African country, according to the latest figures released by the UN on Wednesday.
The capital Harare is the worst-affected district with 189 deaths and 7 653 suspected cases recorded as of December 9, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement.
The latest data suggest that at least 157 more people have been killed by the disease since December 5, when the death toll was reported as 589.
The increase came even as Zimbabwe's information minister on Tuesday insisted that the epidemic was under control.
"The cholera situation is under control," Sikhanyiso Ndlovu said. "We have enough chemicals to purify the water. We have got enough foreign currency to buy pipes to mend sanitation lines," he added.
Cholera deaths in Mozambique
At least four people have died from 20 cases of cholera reported in Mozambique's Mossurize district on the border with Zimbabwe since December 4, the daily Noticias reported on Wednesday. It cited Vasco David Gaspar, Mossurize district administrator.
Gaspar said the dead included a child of less than 5 years old, and added that the other 16 people were detained at a local health centre in Macuo village, which is 10km from Chipinge. – (Sapa)
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