Zimbabwe has received more than 9 000 returning citizens from 48 countries since the outbreak of COVID-19, officials have revealed.
African countries that have provided returnees include Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, DRC, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Guinea, Egypt, Ethiopia, Somalia, Lesotho, Togo, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Namibia, Cameroon and Swaziland, Botswana and South Africa.
In Europe and the Middle East, countries, where the returnees came from, were the United Kingdom, Israel, Yemen, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Greece, Germany, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Scotland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Croatia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Sweden and Belgium.
In the Americas, the returnees have been from Argentina, Canada, Brazil, Falkland Islands and Panama.
In Asia, the locals that have returned home were from China, Hong Kong and The Philippines.
The latest batch of returnees arrived at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport from the United States on Tuesday and was received by the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care Dr John Mangwiro.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare secretary Simon Masanga on Tuesday appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to give a brief on his ministry’s interventions in the ongoing fight against the pandemic.
Masanga revealed that South Africa and Botswana have provided the majority of the returnees with 4 257 and 2 787, respectively.