The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) is still searching for 12 coronavirus positive inmates who escaped from a quarantine centre in Beitbridge, Matabeleland South province last Friday.
The inmates had been deported from neighbouring South Africa, and after testing positive for COVID-19, health authorities placed them into mandatory quarantine.
ZRP national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said the 12 quarantine escapees are yet to be accounted for. Said Nyathi:
The deportees are still on the run. We are still investigating the circumstances surrounding their escape.
In a statement last week, Asst Comm Nyathi described the inmates as coronavirus “super-spreaders”, suggesting that they were “intentionally spreading COVID-19 pandemic to unsuspecting relatives, peers and the general public.”
Nyathi identified the escapees as Danis Chikora (36) Chief Nhema, Masvingo, Takunda Makuvaro (44) Makuvaro village, Masvingo, Cephas Dube (25) Chipanga village, Chipinge, Nonhlanhla Dhlamini (19) Khoza Primary School, Matopo, Primerose Manheya (24) 2906 Uve, Rusape and Danial Maringa (30) 4616 Kuwadzana, Harare.
Felix Nkosi (47) 4042 Magwegwe North, Bulawayo, Mathemba Simbamba (34) Stand 17 Portbery, Harare, Edgar Kubere (30) of Chitungwiza, Thamsanqa Sibanda (30) 14890 Nkulumane, Bulawayo, Meno Pouline Mahara (22) of South Down, Chipinge and Lee Mathema (42) Mbereko village in Mberengwa.
In November, the Government ordered mandatory quarantine for returning citizens regardless of the results of their COVID-19 tests.