WHILE it is a cause for concern that a lot of returning Zimbabweans have escaped from quarantine centres, it is critical to strike a balance between making sure that their rights are protected as well as the need to ensure that the potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is halted.
Understandably, quarantine centres cannot be expected to offer five-star treatment to these returning citizens, but it is also important to ensure they have access to just the basic amenities of life.
It is also critical to ensure that returnees are tested for COVID-19 quickly so that they do not stay unnecessarily long in the quarantine centres when the government is already over-stretched and cannot adequately cater for them.
There is no reason why quarantine centres should be some form of prison where the rights of returning citizens are limited.
Taking into consideration the fact that some of the returning citizens might not be positive of COVID-19, what protective measures have been put in place at these centres to ensure that they are not infected while they are in quarantine when they would have returned to the country free of the virus?