Quarantined repatriates throw brickbats on the government

Quarantined people housed at Masvingo Teacher's College on Thursday staged a demonstration blocking a Ministry of Health and Child Care vehicle from leaving the premises.

By Taruberekera Masara 

Repatriates quarantined in various facilities around the country are becoming increasingly restive with the government for failing to release them when their time is up.

Quarantined people housed at Masvingo Teacher’s College today staged a demonstration blocking a Ministry of Health and Child Care vehicle from leaving the premises.

Protesters challenged the government against their continued detention, saying they had overstayed and must be released immediately as their 21 days lapsed.

Repatriates said that their continued detention was exposing them to new other returnees a thing they said was posing risk of contracting Coronavirus.

In Harare returnees housed at Harare Polytechnic quarantine centre said they were being mixed up with returnees from other countries whom they didn’t know their statuses.

The chaos that rocked Masvingo today had similar grievances where returnees were mixed up with a group that is the source of at least 12 of the 25 new cases were recorded in Masvingo province yesterday.

Repatriates said they had belief that most of those who tested positive were negative on admission at the centres, later contracted the virus at the centre.

“The place is poorly-managed; almost 300 of us go to the dining at the same time and up to 15 people share a bucket in the bathroom “they pitched.

In Masvingo quarantine centres there were reports that the security personnel manning the premises were selling cigarettes and alcohol to quarantined people.

Government spokesperson Nick Mangwana declined to comment on the incident proffering an announcement that 28 returnees were allowed to go home from the Quarantine Centres after their Covid19 results were confirmed negative.

Writing on his Twitter timeline Mangwana said: “The Province has released 28 returnees to go home from quarantine centres after their covid-19 results were negative. The province has a total of 26 positive cases”

“More results from tests already carried out are expected” he wrote.

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