‘Worst nightmare’: Zimbabweans suffer amid rising COVID cases

Exhibiting symptoms synonymous with COVID-19, Kuda Musasiwa, a 43-year-old father of four, immediately got tested for the infectious disease. When the results of the laboratory swab test came, they showed he was free of the deadly respiratory virus that has killed close to two million people globally.

Overjoyed, Musasiwa, an entrepreneur, shared the good news with his friends on Facebook.

“Negative. Thank you God,” he wrote.

But his joyous triumph would be short-lived as his condition began to worsen.

“The result of that test was a false negative,” Roy Musasiwa, Kuda’s father, told Al Jazeera in a telephone interview. With each passing day, Musasiwa saw his son’s medical condition deteriorate.

“His vitals kept going down. He had an oxygen saturator but his condition was becoming worse. On Saturday, the doctors said his condition had worsened and needed hospital admission,” Musasiwa said.

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