Quarantined Zimbabweans In Vic Falls Rise To 37

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By Matabeleland North Correspondent

THE number of Zimbabweans quarantined for Covid-19 at Mosi-oa-Tunya High School in Victoria Falls has risen to 37.

Provincial social welfare officer for Matabeleland North, Mcnon Chirinzepi said eight more deportees arrived at the quarantine centre to add to the 29 that were there on Tuesday.

“They are now 37 and we expect more to come from Botswana,” said Chirinzepi.

The provincial taskforce identified the school as the quarantine centre for citizens returning home through Victoria Falls, Kazungula and Pandamatenga border posts in the wake of Covid-19.

Botswana has the biggest number of deportees with 16 males and 13 females followed by Zambia which deported two males and three females.

Two whites who are residents of Victoria Falls are part of the deportees housed at the quarantine centre while one is from Namibia.

The two whites had initially refused to be quarantined at the school citing squalid conditions but were finally forced into the centre by provincial authorities, in line with government decree to quarantine for between 14 and 21 days, all Zimbabweans returning from any country.

Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Lovemore Matuke is expected to visit the centre to assess its state at a time when more people are expected from the neighbouring countries.

The social welfare department has said the school will accommodate up to 100 people while a new facility will be identified in the event that more nationals arrive.