Eswatini PM dies after contracting COVID-19

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Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini has died after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Eswatini government announced via a statement that he died on Sunday, about four weeks after he contracted the virus.

The statement said the prime minister passed on at a hospital where he was receiving care.

“Their Majesties have commanded that I inform the Nation of the sad and untimely passing away of His Excellency the Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini,” Themba Masuku, deputy prime minister, said in the statement posted via Twitter.

“His Excellency passed on this afternoon while under medical care in a hospital in South Africa. Government in collaboration with the family will keep the nation informed of subsequent arrangements.”

The prime minister, who took office in October 2018, was moved to South Africa for treatment after he contracted the coronavirus on November 16.

Formerly known as Swaziland, Eswatini is one of the few remaining monarchies in Africa.

The country of about 1.2 million people has so far recorded 6,768 cases of the virus, with 127 confirmed deaths, according to the health ministry of the nation.

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