More escape from quarantine centre

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Tendai Kamhungira

TWO more coronavirus (Covid-19) positive people have escaped from a Beitbridge quarantine centre, bringing the total number of escapees to 184, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), confirmed. In a statement ZRP spokesperson Paul Nyathi, said the two are from Malawi.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police arrested 914 people throughout the country on June 21, 2020 for various offences related to contraventions of the national lockdown regulations, bringing the cumulative arrests to 75 134.

“On the same day, two Malawian nationals escaped from Nssa Hotel, Beitbridge after testing positive for the Covid-19 virus. The cumulative number of escapees is now 184, while those arrested remain at 28,” Nyathi said.

He urged the public to report suspected escapees and border jumpers to the police.
Over the weekend, Nyathi said they had since launched a manhunt for the two men who escaped from Harare Polytechnic College, including one who had tested positive for Covid-19.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is appealing for information which may lead to the location of a 33-year-old who escaped from Harare Polytechnic isolation centre on June 15, 2020 after testing positive for the Covid-19 virus and another 28-year-old man also escaped on June 17, 2020 before getting results of his test. Family members, friends and close associates of the two are implored to report so that the spread of Covid-19 by the two can be curtailed,” he said.

He said on June 18, 2020 four returnees escaped from quarantine centres including two from Harare Polytechnic and two from Plumtree High.

Meanwhile, Nyathi also confirmed the death of four members of the security services comprising three police officers and a member of the Zimbabwe National Army, who were involved in a road accident along the Harare-Shamva road. The four were on their way to Covid-19 deployments. Six others were injured in the accident.

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