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Health Experts Report New Outbreaks Of Cholera In Zimbabwe

Swedish Ambassador to Zimbabwe Sten Rylander said Wednesday in Harare that Sweden is donating another US$5 million in funding for humanitarian relief efforts in the country.

At the same time Rylander urged the administration of President Robert Mugabe and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change to end the political deadlock that has blocked the formation of a unity government in order to relieve the population.

Correspondent Thomas Chiripasi of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe reported from Harare.

The cholera epidemic continues to spread, meanwhile, though the state-controlled Herald newspaper said cases have declined since late November.

Member of Parliament Blessing Chebundo, representing Kwekwe, Midlands, for the MDC wing led by Morgan Tsvangirai, said that in house debate, Health Minister David Pariretyetwa said outbreaks have occurred in new locations including Chirundu and Chegutu.

Communications Officer Heron Holloway of the International Federation of Red Cross in Southern Africa told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that new cases have fallen off in some areas, but there are new outbreaks in urban zones.

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