Omicron: Reprieve for returning Zimbos

by | Dec 3, 2021 | COVID 19, Local News | 0 comments


Staff Writer

Zimbabweans returning into the country after short stays outside Zimbabwe will be allowed to quarantine at home, provided their houses have been approved for such purposes by health workers.

After Government announced new measures to combat Covid-19, there have been questions by some Zimbabweans over how the regulations were affecting those who were already outside the country for business and may not afford to quarantine at approved facilities.

In an advisory statement, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Robert Mudyirandima said the ten day quarantine period stands, and those in quarantine will be re-tested after five days.

“Returning residents and visitors who have been out of the country for 14 days found to be PCR negative will be subjected to a mandatory ten day quarantine at a designated public or private Covid-19 quarantine facilities at their own cost, while those that have been outside the country for a period of less than 14 days are allowed to quarantine at their own homes.

However, home quarantine will be granted prior to inspection and approval of the facilities,” said Dr Mudyirandima.

He said booster shots are now available for frontline workers, those with chronic diseases and the elderly.