A CHOLERA outbreak in Zimbabwe has killed at least 20 people and sickened 2,000 others in the past week, the country’s new health minister said on Tuesday, as he declared a state of emergency in the capital, Harare.

“The city of Harare, they’re the big problem,” the health minister, Obadiah Moyo, told reporters. “This whole problem is a result of blocked sewers. And these were reported and were never repaired for at least two months.”

“As we speak,” he added, “I’m told by the mayor that they are busy repairing the blocked sewers.”

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