The Zimbabwean government has reduced the mandatory quarantine period for possible coronavirus cases from 21 days to 7 days.
Health and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo said that Zimbabwe does not have the resources to continue following the two-week quarantine period (stipulated by WHO) for people entering the country.
Speaking at a news conference streamed on social media, Moyo revealed that the Cabinet has decided to reduce the quarantine period to seven days. He said:
And if they are found to be positive they will be sent to an isolation centre. And if they are found to be negative they will be released. It decongests the facilities.
The government claims to have so far spent about 125 000 U.S. dollars on food and basic needs of 950 returning residents in COVID-19 quarantine centres.
Officials said the figure does not include the cost of accommodation.