It is illegal for anyone to accommodate returnees who have not gone through the proper repatriation procedures and screening for COVID-19.
This was said by Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa while addressing reporters at State House in Harare after the ad hoc Inter-ministerial Taskforce on COVID-19 meeting on Tuesday.
Mutsvangwa also revealed that the government would continue receiving citizens who have been living outside the country. She said:
We continue to receive returning and legal residents who had been domiciled outside Zimbabwe.
As our citizens come home, they are required to adhere to the laid down regulations that include screening, testing and quarantining.
These measures are there to protect their loved ones here at home. We cannot run away from the fact that a greater number of our positive cases are from returnees.
It is illegal for anyone to harbour any returnees who have not gone through the proper repatriation procedures and health screening.
Let me take this opportunity to urge each and every one of us to do the right thing where preventative and protective measures are concerned.