Zimbabwe declares cholera emergency in capital after death toll rises to 20

File: At least 20 people have died in Zimbabwe capital Harare and scores fallen ill after a cholera and typhoid outbreak in some areas.

File: At least 20 people have died in Zimbabwe capital Harare and scores fallen ill after a cholera and typhoid outbreak in some areas.

AFP

HARARE - Zimbabwe has declared a cholera outbreak in the capital Harare after the death toll rose to 20.

More than 2,000 people were infected after drinking contaminated water, new Health Minister Obadiah Moyo said on Tuesday.

"We are declaring an emergency for Harare. This will enable us to contain cholera, typhoid and whatever is going on.

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"We don’t want any further deaths," Moyo said after touring a hospital treating patients in the capital.

The health minister said the selling of meat and fish by vendors in the affected suburbs had been banned and the police had been asked to enforce the ban.

Moyo said the government had suspended classes at some schools in two suburbs at the epicentre of the outbreak and had also asked for help from the United Nations agencies and private companies to supply portable water.