Matabeleland North provincial social welfare officer Mr Macnon Chirinzepi has confirmed that 2 Families in Lupane have been quarantined after harbouring their relatives who evaded the quarantine process when they came home from South Africa and later on tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Sibanda and Ngwenya family which includes six adults and 16 children aged between 11 months and 16 years were taken to Mabhikwa High School by Rapid response teams after their family members tested positive for COVID-19.

 Matabeleland North provincial social welfare officer Mr Macnon Chirinzepi shed light on how they discovered the families were harbouring escapees through a tip-off:

Mabhikwa quarantine centre has 22 community members from Malunku Village who have been in contact with persons who tested positive for Covid-19 and had previously joined the community without being tested

The two came back illegally from South Africa and went to their villages. After their presence became known one was taken to the quarantine centre where he tested positive. His brother-in-law who had come to visit his ex-wife was also taken and tested positive

The Sibanda family members were taken into quarantine on June 20 and because the second man had also gotten into contact with his family, five members of his family were also taken on Monday. They are all at Mabhikwa waiting to be tested after eight days.

Meanwhile, ZRP is looking for 2 men who escaped from Harare’s Belvedere Teachers College Quarantine Center one escaped after testing positive and the other one escaped before getting his results.

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