Under-pressure govt allows private quarantine centres
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
THE government has buckled under pressure and moved to allow returning residents to book into private quarantine centres if they can afford it, pending approval by health inspectors, the Daily News reports.
“You will realise that we have been given, since the start of the national lockdown and the fight against coronavirus (Covid-19), $125 million as a ministry.“We may have had some logistical problems as ministry … this weekend due to the large influx of people coming in through Beitbridge and being placed into various quarantine facilities for isolation.“Because of that, staff from our ministry and the ministry of Health was stretched to a point where some of the returnees had to endure some hours of waiting before they could be processed, but we have not lacked resources to look after them in terms of food and other provisions they may need,” Mavima said.“There is another element to the returnees. There are returnees who are saying they don’t want to be in public facilities and would rather pay and be in more comfortable facilities and Cabinet has said yes, if there are those people who want to pay for themselves we should set up such facilities but they have to be inspected by the health authorities and approved before taking any returnees.“But you have to understand that we have some of our citizens who cannot pay for themselves, so the State has to continue providing for them and the resources to look after those who are returning are available,” he added.
Cabinet resolved that reputable and established companies be contracted to supply Covid-19 materials.