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FORMER Castle Lager Premier Soccer League champions, Chicken Inn, are in the process of running several medical tests on striker Obriel Chirinda with fears that the player could have underlying cardiac diseases — arrhythmia.

Gamecocks team doctor Willmore Kapuyanyika said the tests could explain the collapse of Obriel Chirinda on two recent occasions while on the field of play.

The stocky forward temporarily lost his consciousness first when he was doing duty for the national Under-23 in a match they beat Mozambique 2-0 to progress to the final round of the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the National Sports Stadium late last month.

He also left many local football enthusiasts asking themselves whether it was by coincidence for him to lose his consciousness when he went motionless in a game that Chicken Inn beat Dynamos 2-0 at Barbourfields Stadium a fortnight ago.

“Cardiac diseases are life-threatening conditions that need to be checked and are common in people who do contact sports where an athlete can accidentally receive an impact or shock on the chest (precordin) resulting in arrhythmia.

However, the preliminary tests that we have done on Chirinda so far show that he does not have visible cardiac underlying causes.

We are still monitoring him as this does not happen on a regular basis. We are going to run more tests and we are very much concerned with his malaise (a brief loss of consciousness). Obriel Chirinda is training with the rest of the squad,” said Kapuyanyika.

The speedy Chirinda did not make the trip to Mhondoro where Joey Antipas’ charges were handed their first defeat of the season by Ngezi Platinum Stars.

On Saturday, Antipas’ men take on defending champions FC Platinum in a potentially explosive top of the table clash at Luveve Stadium.

FC Platinum are reportedly likely to be without Raphael Muduviwa ahead of this mouth-watering clash following a hamstring injury in their last match as injuries continue to dog the Norman Mapeza-coached side.

They have been without Rahman Kutsanzira, Kelvin Madzongwe, William Stima and Wallace Magalane, who are all in the treatment room.

The 1-0 loss to Ngezi Platinum Stars by Gamecocks saw FC Platinum, who are yet to taste defeat, take a one-point lead over Chicken Inn.

The platinum miners thumped Hwange 2-0 in their last league game. Winless Highlanders make the trip to Harare for a date with tricky newboys Mushowani Stars at the National Sports Stadium.

The burning blue of the capital, Dynamos, who parted ways with their head coach Lloyd “MaBlanyo” Chigowe early this week, take on the other league’s newbies TelOne at Barbourfields Stadium.

TelOne have been playing all their home matches at Mandava in Zvishavane, but have this time opted for Emagumeni. B-Metro

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Perence Shiri, Zimbabwe Agriculture Minister Dies

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Zimbabwe’s agriculture minister Perence Shiri, a retired general who helped plot the ouster of Robert Mugabe in a 2017 coup, has died, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Wednesday.

Perence Shiri, who commanded the air force for 25 years until he joined the government in 2017, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday, two government sources said. He died in the early hours of Wednesday.

“Shiri was a true patriot, who devoted his life to the liberation, independence and service of his country,” Mnangagwa said in a statement. He did not say how Shiri died.

But domestic media said Shiri, 65, succumbed to complications from the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, which has infected 2,817 and killed 40 in Zimbabwe.

A liberation war veteran,Perrence Shiri had a chequered past. He commanded the army’s Fifth Brigade unit that carried out the 1980s massacres of thousands of civilians in western Zimbabwe as the government sought to quell an insurgency.

The army massacres, known as ‘Gukurahundi’, a Shona term meaning the ‘early rain that washes away the chaff’, remain a sore point for the people of the Matabeleland region, many of whom demand justice and reparations.

The main opposition Movement for Democratic Change accused Perence Shiri of being among the security chiefs who organised violence against its members after Mugabe lost the first round of the presidential vote in 2008.Reuters

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US buys nearly all of Gilead’s Covid-19 drug Remdesivir

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The US is buying nearly all the next three months’ projected production of Covid-19 treatment Remdesivir from US manufacturer Gilead.

The US health department announced on Tuesday it had agreed to buy 500,000 doses for use in American hospitals. Tests suggest Remdesivir cuts recovery times, though it is not yet clear if it improves survival rates.

Gilead did sign a licensing deal in May for production outside the US but it is still in its early stages.

“President Trump has struck an amazing deal to ensure Americans have access to the first authorised therapeutic for Covid-19,” Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. A course of treatment in the US will cost $2,340 (£1,900).

Nine companies can make the drug under licence outside the US for distribution in 127 mostly poorer countries, and the cost is lower. But the project is still in its early stages.

Additional quantities are being manufactured for use in clinical trials. But critics say the US move to buy up so much stock from Gilead itself undermines international co-operation on COVID, given that other countries have taken part in trials of Remdesivir, originally an anti-viral against Ebola.

“The trial that gave the result that allowed Remdesivir to sell their drug wasn’t just done in the US. There were patients participating through other European countries, in the UK as well, and internationally, Mexico and other places,” Oxford University’s Prof Peter Horby told BBC Radio 4.

He said the move also had implications for any possible future vaccine, with the need for “a much stronger framework if we are going to develop these things and they’re going to be used for national emergencies”.

Senior Sussex University lecturer, Ohid Yaqub, said: “It so clearly signals an unwillingness to co-operate with other countries and the chilling effect this has on international agreements about intellectual property rights.”Some in the US have criticised the purchase price, as taxpayer money had helped fund Remdesivir’s development.BBC

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17 new Zimbabwe Covid-19 cases confirmed

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Seventeen new cases of Covid-19 in Zimbabwe, a majority of which are from quarantine facilities were reported yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 591.

From the cases confirmed yesterday, 13 involved returnees from South Africa, one from Botswana while three were local transmissions. The Ministry of Health and Child Care daily update shows that one of the cases confirmed as a local transmission had to contact with a known confirmed case.

Investigations are, however, underway to establish the source of infection for the two other local transmissions. Cases of recoveries also continue to increase with the latest statistics from the update standing at 162, leaving the country with 421 active COVID 19 cases.

The latest recoveries were reported from Mashonaland East (3), Mashonaland Central (2), Bulawayo (2), Matabeleland North (2), Mashonaland West (1) and Manicaland (1). The number of people who have died from the virus remains at seven.

“To date, the total number of confirmed cases is 591, recovered 162, active cases, 422 and seven deaths since the onset of the outbreak on 20 March 2020,” reads part of the update.

Zimbabwe has so far conducted 67 755 tests for Covid-19 from which, 30 711 were diagnostic tests while the remaining were rapid tests done for screening purposes. The Herald

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