It is alleged that soldiers and anti-riot police besieged Masvingo Polytechnic College after inmates locked the canteen and denied new arrivals access to breakfast.

It was also reported that agitated inmates at Masvingo Polytechnic and Masvingo Teachers Colleges Friday clashed with members of the country’s security services as they demanded to be given their test results and be released from compulsory quarantine.

The commotion was as a result of an increase of returnees from neighbouring countries who are being accommodated at the two centres, without having their tests done.

Those already housed at the facilities fear they are now at risk of being exposed to the virus through a continued stay at the centres.

80 people were later released from Masvingo Polytechnic after the ministry availed test results.

Efforts to get a comment from the provincial medical director, Dr Amadiof Shamu were fruitless as his mobile phone went unanswered.

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