The Matabeleland North Covid-19 Taskforce is appealing for donations such as bedding, food and clothes from well-wishers to cater for the growing number of returnees in the province.
The provincial quarantine centre in Victoria Falls received 24 more returnees bringing the total number of people kept at the facility to 84, up from 60 on Tuesday.
Matabeleland North Provincial Social Welfare Officer Macnon Chirinzepi revealed that Mosi-oa-Tunya High School in Victoria Falls, the provincial quarantine centre, could reach full capacity any day. Said Chirinzepi:
The Mosi-oa-Tunya quarantine centre is fast approaching its capacity of 100 people. We received 24 new returnees hence we now have 84 people meaning we may reach 100 any day.
It has been proposed that when it reaches its capacity, some of the people will be moved tentatively to Fatima High School and as such, there is a need for more provisions.
The Taskforce has identified Binga High School in Binga, Orap Centre at Siganda and Inyathi High School in Bubi; Lupane State University, Hlangabeza High School in Nkayi, Tsholotsho High School in Tsholotsho and George Silundika High School in Umguza district to cater for spillovers if Mosi and Fatima are overwhelmed.
Among the latest returnees, 74 are adults while 10 are children. 42 are from Botswana, 25 from Namibia, 14 from Zambia, 2 from Cameroon has and 1 from South Africa one.