The return of stranded people has also led to spike in COVID-19 cases in the Midlands Province, last week 4 cases were reported at Gweru Polytechnic quarantine facility.
The number of returning citizens quarantined at Kwekwe High School has risen to 72.
The repatriates quarantined at the Kwekwe facility travelled from Botswana, DRC, Mozambique and South Africa.
Speaking during a handover ceremony of goods to frontline workers in Mbizo on Wednesday, Kwekwe District Covid-19 Taskforce Chairperson Vitalis Kwashira said they were continuously receiving returnees from foreign countries.
He added that despite the gradual increase in returning citizens in the facilities Kwekwe city is yet to record any Covid-19 cases.
However one case of a Kwekwe worker had tested positive for Covid 19 and is being treated in Gweru.
Kwashira urged the public to desist from hiding returnees who would have avoided quarantine procedures.
“We are asking you our people to cooperate with us. Some people are coming from different countries straight home without undergoing procedural quarantine exercise”,
“It might be because they don’t know what must be done or how important it is. We therefore urge you to to bring them forward so that they’re handled before they are let out” he said
Recently, Kwekwe Mayor Councillor Angeline Kasipo pledged to accommodate more returnees to ease pressure Gweru quarantine centres.
She said the city has identified two schools, Kwekwe High and Kwekwe Junior as quarantine centres.
“Kwekwe High can accommodate up to 120 people while the Kwekwe junior school has the capacity to accommodate another 80″ she said.
Kwekwe had to look for alternative quarantine centres after Kwekwe Polytechnic which was earmarked for that purpose could not be used.
Students from foreign nations who learn at the institution petitioned their embassies over the use of the institution.
The return of stranded people has also led to spike in COVID-19 cases the Midlands Province last week 4 imported cases were reported at Gweru Polytechnic and Mkoba Teacher’s College quarantine facilities.
Responding to the government directive to discontinuing the use of schools as quarantine centres, George Madzima Midlands province Covid-19 taskforce chairperson said they were urgently looking for new quarantine centres which are not schools or universities considering that these will be reopened soon.
He said that they had identified possible facilities for the purposes of quarantine.
“We should identify other quarantine centres which are not schools or universities because they are opening soon”,
“So we have identified Cheziya training centre in Gokwe South, Chikwingwizha training centre in Shurugwi and Dadaya training centre in Zvishavane and district teams are making assessments,” he said.
Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Larry Mavima also weighed citing that there was an urgent need to identify places or centres that can accommodate many people and which are secure.
Mavhima said this decrying the recent escape from quarantine facilities by 18 returnees.
“There is need to look into this matter and in future when there are such reports, my office should be alerted as soon as possible and not for you to wait until we have such a meeting”,
“There is also need to look at other issues that should be considered when accommodating these returning residents,” said Minister Mavima who is co-chairperson of the provincial Covid-19 taskforce committee.
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