More escape from quarantine centres


Blessing Masakadza

POLICE have raised the alarm over the continued rise in the number of escapees from coronavirus (Covid-19) quarantine centres, with a total of 194 cases recorded as of yesterday.

This comes as the number of local transmissions also continues to rise, with the country recording 617 confirmed cases, including 173 recoveries and seven deaths as of Thursday night.

Local health experts have called on the government not to relax coronavirus lockdown measures if the country is to contain and mitigate the spread of the killer disease that has wreaked havoc in economies the world over, killed thousands and infecting millions more.

According to the police, on Wednesday two people escaped from the Nssa Beitbridge Hotel quarantine centre and another from the Beatrice Rehabilitation Centre.

There have been reports of escapes at quarantine centres mainly by returnees from neighbouring countries, raising fears of continued spread of the virus among locals.

“The cumulative number of escapees is now 194 while those arrested is still 28,” the police said in a statement.
Lockdown violations continue to rise, with the police arresting 1 159 people across the country yesterday. The cumulative number of arrests now stands at 87 827 since the country implemented the national coronavirus lockdown on March 30.

National police spokesperson Paul Nyathi also revealed that there have been arrests for illegal entry and smuggling at Nyamapanda and Zona border posts.

“Police arrested 1 159 people throughout the country on July 2 for various offences related to contraventions of the national lockdown regulations, bringing the total cumulative arrests to 87 827.

“A total of 12 arrests for illegal border crossing were made at Zona Border Post and Nyamapanda Border Post and two for smuggling at Forbes and Beitbridge border posts. The total number of arrests since May 16 is 319,” Nyathi said.

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