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Pierre Nkurunziza, Bu­rundi’s strong­man pres­i­dent, may have be­come the world’s first leader to die of COVID-19, ac­cord­ing to op­po­si­tion sources.

The Bu­run­dian gov­ern­ment, which in­sisted for months that its coun­try had been spared from the coron­avirus pan­demic be­cause of its faith in God, an­nounced that Nkurunziza had died of a heart at­tack. He was 55.

How­ever, op­po­si­tion sources and jour­nal­ists liv­ing in ex­ile claimed that Nkurunziza had been un­der­go­ing treat­ment for COVID-19 af­ter he fell ill over the week­end.

His widow, Denise, had been ad­mit­ted to a pri­vate hos­pi­tal in the Kenyan cap­i­tal Nairobi late last month af­ter suf­fer­ing sim­i­lar symp­toms, ac­cord­ing to Kenyan of­fi­cials.

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