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Plumtree High School used as a Coronavirus quarantine centre

by Mandla Ndlovu
07 Apr 2020 at 09:31hrs | Views
The prestigious Plumtree High School is currently being used as a quarantine centre for Zimbabweans returning from Botswana, Secretary for Information Nick Mangwana has revealed.

Mangwana said other Zimbabweans who recently returned home are being kept at a lodge in Harare.

"Government takes the risk of potential imported transmission seriously. We have 7 returnees who arrived from the US including 6 cruise ship workers who are in compulsory quarantine at a lodge in Harare." The Secretary said. Those from Botswana are at Plumtree High and ZIPAM will be used for new arrivals.

"We can't stop Zimbabweans from coming home. Our constitution does not permit. But we can protect others by compulsorily quarantining them for 21 days before allowing them to mingle."

Secretary Mangwana conceded that the country was not ready for mass deportation of citizens from Botswana hence there were logistical challenges in setting up the quarantine centre in Plumtree.

"There were initial challenges with facilities and social amenities at Plumtree, yes. But most of these have since been addressed. The deportation of these large numbers from Botswana had not been anticipated."

When asked why President Emmerson Mnangagwa was exposing Zimbabweans to the virus by allowing borders to continue being open he said, "Actually, he is showing his Human Rights credentials by not infringing of any Zimbabwean to return home. He is the President of every Zimbabwean, those inside and outside the country. No Zimbabwean should be left at an airport of a foreign country being denied right of return."

Source - Byo24News