Govt warns returnees against fleeing from quarantine centres as Covid-19 cases rise (SEE NEW FIGURE)

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Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa

ZIMBABWE’S COVID-19 confirmed cases are now at 222, with 16 returnees testing positive of the virus on Wednesday.

The returnees are all from South Africa and are under isolation. The government has repeatedly warned Zimbabweans returning home from abroad against absconding from quarantine centres as the number of escapees increase.

“The importance of the risk posed by border jumpers and quarantine absconders cannot be overstated,” said information minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa Monday evening.

“Going forward, persons who abscond from quarantine centres will have their details published so that communities are aware of the potential risks in their midst.”

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has also urged members of the public to observe that the country is still under level two National lockdown in order to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Only essential services, businesses in the formal commercial and industrial sectors were exempted to operate during this period.

Under Level two, the rest of the public is still expected to stay at home in order for the nation to curtail the increase in new COVID-19 cases being recorded.

— ZBC


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