Govt to quarantine people close to their homes

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Harare – Zimbabwe’s government will be quarantining people in at centers that are in their home province, and closest to their homes, to limit the impact of quarantine and also allow ease of travel when individuals complete their isolation.

The number of Zimbabweans returning home has increased significantly as Zimbabwe’s neighbours have extended their lockdowns, leaving many with no tangible sources of income and living.

“As the lockdown has been extended, many people have run out of savings, money, food, and their landlords are asking them to vacate because of unpaid rentals. As such more and more people are now asking the Consulate to help send them back home”, an official with Zimbabwe’s Consulate in Johannesburg told Mail and Telegraph.

According to state operated newspaper, the Herald, at least 135 people were returned back to Zimbabwe on Sunday night, while another batch, whose number is unknown were expected to arrive on Monday morning.

Speaking to Herald, Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Mr Clifford Motera said they had prepared a number of quarantine centres around the capital.

“We have Belvedere Teachers College, Queen Elizabeth School, Prince Edward, Allan Wilson, Harare Girls High School and Morgan ZINTEC.”

“There is also another batch of 18 people who were being quarantined at Courtney Hotel who will be discharged any time depending on the recommendations by officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Care.”

“Once the officials from the ministry give them certificates to leave, they will be released,” he said.

Some Zimbabweans are returning from Mozambique and Malawi. They will be quarantined in Manicaland province, except those who live in other provinces, who will be moved to centers closest to their homes.

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