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Burundi President Becomes World’s First President To Die Of COVID-19, Medics Reveal

Against earlier announcement by the Burundian government that the country’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza’s cause of death was from a heart attack.

Burundi President Becomes World's First President To Die Of COVID-19, Medics Reveal

The medics at the Karusi hospital where he was flown to before his death said the Burundian president died from the coronavirus.

According to a medical source at the Karusi hospital where Nkurunziza died, the president was in ‘respiratory distress’ before his death.

Medics at the hospital said the head of the institute of public health requested their hospital’s only ventilator and the head of our reanimation service ‘in the name of the
presidency’ on Monday at 10am’.

A medical source in Karusi said;

The president was flown to the hospital in Karusi, but it was too late, he was already dead.

Suspicions had been high the president had Covid-19 after his wife was hospitalised at the end of May with the virus.

A medical document reveal she had tested positive for the virus and suffered ‘respiratory distress.’ 

The African country announced Nkurunziza’s ‘unexpected’ death on June 9 declaring a national week of mourning

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