Returnees arrive in Vic Falls


MORE returnees arrived in Victoria Falls, bringing the total number of people quarantined at Mosi-oa-Tunya High School to 60.

Mosi-oa-Tunya High School was identified as one of the isolation centres in Matabeleland North Province and accommodates Zimbabweans returning to the country through Victoria Falls.

Permanent secretary in the Information ministry Nick Mangwana said the returnees arrived from Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.

“There is one person living with disabilities and two minors among the returnees.
“There was one late arrival from Botswana last (Sunday) night. Today (Monday), they received eight from Namibia, two from Botswana and one from Zambia,” Mangwana said.

Returnees arriving in the country are subjected to mandatory quarantine in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations.

Mandatory quarantine is meant to slow down the spread of Covid-19 by ensuring that those entering the country are virus-free.

Where one tests positive to the respiratory disease, they are sent to an isolation centre and if negative, they are released to be united with their families.

However, the government last week reduced the number of quarantine days to seven, citing resource constraints.
To date, Zimbabwe has 32 confirmed cases of Covid-19, including four deaths and five recoveries.

Matabeleland North provincial medical director Purgie Chimberengwa said the first batch of returnees is due for release.

Matabeleland North provincial minister Richard Moyo, who also chairs the province’s Covid-19 taskforce, said the government, through the department of social welfare will assist the returnees with bus fare to enable them to travel to their homes.

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