Covid-19: Zim returnees demand condoms

Coronavirus Watch Top Stories Zimbabwe

Mirirai Nsingo

Zimbabwean returnees who are under quarantine are requesting condoms, despite calls for social distancing.

This was revealed to ZTN by the country’s Secretary for Social Welfare, Simon Masanga.

Although it could not be immediately established if the condoms were used, Masanga said three boxes that were supplied to an isolation centre in Plumtree last week were emptied within 24 hours.

“We supplied three boxes at a centre in Plumtree and by end of day they had been finished. I really don’t know how the condoms were used, whether they packed or used them within the centre I don’t know.

“Remember this is not a military camp and these are adults we are dealing with. Factoring in that they had been quarantined in Botswana before travelling to Zimbabwe, anything can happen. Although we educate them about the importance of social distancing in the Covid-19 fight, they can still decide to do what they want.”

About 1000 people are at different quarantine centres across the country.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), has recommended mandatory quarantine for all returning residents.

The global health body also places social distancing as a critical measure in fighting Covid-19, which has continued to wreak havoc.

Zimbabwe, which is currently on lockdown, has to date recorded 28 cases and four deaths, while close to 5 000 people have been tested.

As of April 23, the pandemic had claimed 186,150 lives and infected 2,666,346 globally according to the World Health Organisation.