193 Zimbabweans who were deported and/or voluntarily repatriated from Botswana are set to be released from quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The returnees have been under 21 days quarantine at Bulawayo Polytechnic and United College of Education and are now set to be reunited with their families.
This was revealed by Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Lovemore Matuke while speaking during an assessment tour of two quarantine facilities in Bulawayo on Wednesday. Matuke said:
I was informed this institution is housing 256 inmates from Botswana am happy that 94 have graduated, they have tested negative and are free to leave. They are all happy to go to their homes. The inmates have been getting enough food. We are quite happy they all came back negative.
Next step is to provide transport; The Ministry will provide transport and allowances for the returnees to ensure they have basic commodities and feed themselves.
There are 272 returnees remaining at the two facilities in Bulawayo and will be tested soon, according to authorities.