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Health & Community

Returning Citizens Will Be Quarantined At Their Own Expense




By Staff Reporter

Government said with immediate effect returning  citizens will pay for their own quarantine expenses.

“In order to ensure enforcement of Statutory Instrument No. 108 of 2021 in relation to the country’s ports of entry and exit, Cabinet wishes to advise that citizens returning to Zimbabwe will now be quarantined at their own expense,” Defence Minister told journalists Tuesday.

“Furthermore, those travellers found to be positive for COVID-19 will be isolated at an isolation centre at their own expense.”

As at 16 May, 2021, Zimbabwe’s cumulative COVID-19 cases stood at 38 560, with 36 329 recoveries and 1 582 deaths.

The recovery rate stands at 94.2%, with 95.5% of COVID-19 positive cases being attributable to local transmission.

The number of active cases stand at 649.

With regard to stepping up surveillance of the public transport system, the nation is informed that the Vehicle Inspectorate Department, Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) are flushing out the unregistered vehicles.

To date 7 012 vehicles have been impounded for failure to display number plates and illegal operations (mushikashika).

Cabinet also wishes to inform the public that the Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and (National Lockdown (No.2) Order, 2020 published in Statutory Instrument (SI) 200 of 2020 was amended on Friday 14 May 2021 and published in SI 119.

The major highlight of the amendment is that it now defines persons entering Zimbabwe into 3 categories, namely:

(a) returning citizens or residents of Zimbabwe;

(b) persons referred to in section 8(1)(i) of the Statutory Instrument (SI); and

(c) a national or ordinary resident of a SADC country in transit through Zimbabwe to another SADC country.

Robert Tapfumaneyi