Cabinet has announced that Zimbabwean returnees will now be quarantined at their own expense as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, made the announcement during a post-cabinet briefing on Tuesday in the capital. Said Mutsvangwa:
_In order to ensure enforcement of Statutory Instrument No. 108 of 2021 in relation to the country’s ports of entry and exit, Cabinet wishes to advise that citizens returning to Zimbabwe will now be quarantined at their own expense._
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_Furthermore, those travellers found to be positive for COVID-19 will be isolated at an isolation centre once again at their own expense_
Senator Mutsvangwa also reported that the country has as of 16 May 2021, recorded cumulative COVID-19 cases of 38 560, with 36 329 recoveries and 1 582 deaths. The recovery rate stands at 94.2%, with 95.5% of COVID-19 positive cases being attributable to local transmission. The number of active cases stands at 649.
Meanwhile, in terms of procurement and roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines, as of 16th May 2021, a total of 591 808 people had received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines and 222 450 their second dose across the country.
She also urged members of the public to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at their nearest health facility so that the country achieves the required herd immunity.
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