HARARE, Tuesday

About 37 people, mostly children, have died of cholera inside two days in southern Zimbabwe as an outbreak that began in the capital Harare spread to other areas.

The latest outbreak in the border town of Beitbridge, one of the busiest inland ports in southern Africa, has been described as the worst ever to hit the crisis-torn country.

The border post is Zimbabwe’s gateway to South Africa and the outbreak of cholera is likely to spark more international concern for the country.

A medical officer at Beitbridge Hospital, Dr Takaitei Kanongara, said 70 people had been quarantined following the deaths that occurred between Sunday and Monday.

Another 431 people had already been admitted at Beitbridge Hospital.

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