by MARCUS MUSHONGA
HARARE, (CAJ News) – SOME 135 Zimbabweans have returned home after deportation or leaving neighbouring countries as part of efforts to curb the coronavirus (COVID-19).
They arrived mostly from Botswana and South Africa this past weekend, adding to the hundreds that had earlier arrived in the country.
Those returning in recent days in the capital Harare have been quarantined at the local polytechnic.
Government officials said more people were expected from neighbouring countries, including Mozambique, in the coming days.
They are among millions of people that have left Zimbabwe at the peak of the country’s economic crisis.
However, most have been returning home, especially from South Africa, which has the highest confirmed cases of COVID-19.
South Africa has confirmed 194 deaths from more than 10 000 cases of the virus as of the beginning of the week.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has confirmed 36 cases, with another case confirmed on Monday.
The case is 30-year-old male resident of Chegutu district in the Mashonaland West Province.
According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, he has no recent history of travel, or any known contact with a person with respiratory symptoms.
He was referred for assessment after testing positive on a screening test conducted at his workplace.
“The Ministry is now seized with contact tracing being assisted by the patient himself,” the health ministry stated.
Surveillance teams from the ministry have identified seven of his contacts.
“These will be tested for COVID-19 in line with our intensified surveillance strategy,” the ministry added.
To date, Zimbabwe has four deaths and nine recoveries.
– CAJ News