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ZRP impounds bus coming from SA with Covid-19 positive passengers aboard

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By Mutsa Makuvaza

POLICE in Mashonaland East province have impounded a bus that came all the way from South Africa with 38 passengers who all had no Covid-19 certificates.

ZRP national spokesperson Paul Nyathi confirmed the incident adding that all the passengers were tested for Covid-19 and some were found to be positive.

“The ZRP confirms that a Sable bus which had 38 passengers was impounded whilst offloading goods and some of the passengers at Metro Peach Marondera. The passengers had no Covid-19 test certificates,” Nyathi said.

“The bus had come from SA in circumstances which are being investigated by the Police. Ministry of Health and Child Care officials tested the passengers with 3 registering Covid-19 positive results while the other 35 tested negative.”

Nyathi said the bus company is now facing criminal charges while the passengers have been taken to Mahusekwa hospital for isolation.

Zimbabwe is under a level 4 lockdown with all intercity travel banned and land borders closed.

Speaking to the Zimbabwe Voice, members of the public have blasted police manning highway roadblocks of corruptly letting some motorists through when bribed.

Last week, a pirate taxi collided with a Toyota Granvia near Mashava in Masvingo, leading to 22 deaths. The pirate taxi had apparently been allowed to get through roadblocks on the highway.

Government announced last week that businesses that violate Covid-19 regulations will lose licenses and individuals will get a custodial sentence. ■

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