Zambian Student dies in the UK after complaining of fever, breathing difficulties

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A 22-year-old business university student was found dead in his flat after contracting coronavirus.

Kapalu Musenyesa, a Zambian student studying at Middlesex University, died in his North London flat on April 20, The Sun reports.

His devastated family were understood to have flown from Zambia for their son’s funeral on Monday.

Friends said Kapalu, who was known as Kaps, was found dead in his flat on Monday, April 20.

A fundraising page set up in his memory raised more than £6000 ($A11,300) towards funeral costs.

Kapalu, who is from Ndola in Zambia and attended Chengelo School, was studying business at Middlesex University.

Friend Agnes Mutale wrote on the fundraising page: “Kapalu was found dead in his room.

“He was studying business studies at Middlesex University here in the UK. COVID-19 claimed his life. “Please help us with the donations which will go towards funeral arrangements and processions.

“This will also cater for sending Kapalu’s remains to Zambia where his parents are. We are so humbled with the overwhelming support we are getting through from friends and relatives.”

Pal Chabala Kakungu wrote on Facebook: “I never pictured myself wearing a mask but after COVID-19 took my brother Kapalu Kaps Musenyesa (rest in peace young king) I think it’s time we took this whole thing seriously.

“Stay home or wear a mask to step out. And make sure you wash your hands every chance you get!”

Lily Mutamz wrote on Facebook: “COVID-19 has claimed a fourth Zambian in the UK. Kapalu, a student at Middlesex university, died in his flat in London. He had fever and difficulty breathing (hours before his death).”

The Middlesex University’s family flew over from southern Africa on Monday for his funeral, with the support of a £6,000 fundraising page in his memory.

Mr Musenyesa is reported to be the fourth Zambian national to die in the UK. Three others are said to be in intensive care units.

Sun Online have contacted Middlesex University for a response.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged to launch an independent public inquiry into the disproportionate impact coronavirus is having on the UK’s black and minority ethnic communities.

Analysis by the Office for National Statistics found black men and women are more than four times more likely to suffer a coronavirus-related death than white people.

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