A coronavirus isolation centre at Plumtree High School has become a ticking health time bomb as its ablution facilities are unhygienic and there is a severe shortage of water.
The centre holds over 260 Zimbabweans, among them deportees repatriated from neighbouring Botswana on Thursday.
Harold Nyathi, who voluntarily arrived from Gaborone on Thursday, told the Chronicle that the government should have screened the people and allowed them to proceed to their homes. He said:
While we are not against the decision by Government to take us to this isolation centre, we feel the place they chose is not secure and safe in terms of ensuring that coronavirus doesn’t spread.
This is not a proper place to accommodate people and the conditions here are not suitable for human habitation as there is no water to flush toilets.
We are saying if the Government realised that it did not have the capacity to accommodate us they should have just screened us and let us proceed to our respective homes where we were going to self-isolate ourselves.
Meanwhile, Mangwe District Coordinator, Rorisang Makhurane, who also chairs the local Civil Protection Committee, said the returnees will be placed in self-isolation until the 21-day lockdown is over.
The national lockdown was announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa last month and citizens are banned from non-essential travelling during this period.
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