Villagers in Mt Darwin have reported 9 returnees from Mozambique and South Africa who had evaded quarantine and hid in their homesteads in Mt Darwin, The Herald reports. The 9 have been returned to Madziwa quarantine centre after they were caught by the authorities.
The incidents were confirmed by Mashonaland Central provincial development coordinator Mr Cosmas Chiringa who thanked the villagers for coming forward with such information:
This is an indication that people understand the situation and taking awareness seriously. We continue to encourage the communities to be on the lookout of people who are escaping from quarantine centres or in hiding
Quarantine is a necessary process for our returning citizens to curb the spread of the disease. There is no need to be afraid or panic, the majority of people who test positive to Covid-19 recover.
The governmental urged communities to report returnees to authorities as they risk spreading the disease to other community members. The government is also naming any returnees who escape from quarantine facilities.