MINISTRY of Information, publicity and broadcasting services permanent secretary, Nick Mangwana has announced that 18 returnees have escaped a quarantine facility at Mkoba teachers’ college in Gweru.
By Michael Gwarisa
Before the latest 18 escapees, Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi had announced that close to 100 returning residents had escaped from various quarantine centers where they were confined as part of mandatory measures to control the spread of Covid-19.
Through his micro-blogging account, Mangwana said the escaped returnees might have bribed the gate security before they were granted passage.
18 returnees are missing at Mkoba teachers’ college quarantine center in Gweru. These are 15 men, three women and a small baby. There is a 2 metre wall with a razor wire. Bribed gate security,” said Mangwana.
According to health and child care minister, Dr Obhadia Moyo, returnees and quarantine centers have become new hotspots for COVID-19. Zimbabwe currently has 63 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including four deaths and 25 recoveries, bringing the total number of active cases to 34. From the 38 357 tests done to date, close to eight positive cases have been as a result of community transmission.