UNITED KINGDOM: 2 Zimbabwe nationals reportedly died of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, yesterday.

Socialite and accountant Gardner Madzongo and health worker Sikhanyisiwe(Sinikiwe) Kaziboni are said to have succumbed to COVID-19.

While Kaziboni’s details were still sketchy last night, a family friend confirmed her death. Efforts to get comment from her family in Zimbabwe were unsuccessful.

Madzongo, who lived in Luton, reportedly died yesterday afternoon after battling for his life in the Intensive Care Unit at Luton and Danstable Hospital, according to his friends on social media.

Sikhanyisiwe(Sinikiwe) Kaziboni

Eshmael Mungazi, Madzongo’s best friend, posted on Facebook that he was “feeling heartbroken’’ by the death.

Madzongo, who lived in Luton for a long time, was reportedly taken ill last week after experiencing severe respiratory problems.

According to news wires, yesterday alone, 563 people died of coronavirus infections in the United Kingdom, bringing the number of deaths in the UK to 2 352.

Madzongo Gardner

The number of infected people in the UK has risen  26 382 while 135 are said to have recovered.