An Ethiopian Airlines plane carrying Zimbabweans living in the United Kingdom landed at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport today Monday afternoon (12:30 pm CAT). The United Kingdom is one of the hotspots of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus with 88,621 confirmed positive cases and 11,329 deaths.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mr. Nick Mangwana said the 30 Zimbabweans who arrived aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight today will be compulsorily be quarantined at ZIPAM in Darwendale.
The Zimbabwe Institute of Administration and Management (ZIPAM) is a management development centre that operates as a parastatal. It is located about 73 km to the west of Harare along Robert Mugabe Highway and cited on the western shores of Lake Manyame in Darwendale National Park.
Meanwhile some Zimbabweans who are resident in the South African are also desperately looking for help to be repatriated back home, saying their host country’s extension of the lockdown was driving them to the brink of starvation. On April 09, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an extension of the lockdown by a further two weeks until the end of April.
This has translated to enormous economic difficulty for citizen and foreigner alike, with the situation even direr for foreigners who live hand to mouth on a daily basis, with no job security and social security protection.
Botswana Deports Over 200 Zimbabweans
Botswana has deported 281 Zimbabweans illegally staying in their country as part of its measures to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The deported people are now quarantined at Plumtree High School as a measure by the Zimbabwean government to combat the possible spread of the virus within the country.