According to state-run Herald Newspaper, a Zimbabwean couple has been arrested for an alleged WhatsApp message that claimed President Emmerson Mnangagwa had succumbed to Covid-19.
The couple, who are both aged 20, were arrested in the southern border town of Beitbridge, it said.
The pair have reportedly appeared before a magistrate where they were charged with publishing or communicating a false statement prejudicial to the state.
It is unclear if they were asked to plea.
The government says President Mnangagwa is on his three-week annual break, returning to work at the end of the month.
He missed Tuesday’s burials of two cabinet ministers who both died of coronavirus.