At least 100 people have escaped from quarantine facilities across Zimbabwe, while others are illegally crossing the border from South Africa and not reporting to the centers.

Writing on Twitter, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Nick Mangwana yesterday confirmed that three returnees from South Africa absconded from Mary Mount Teachers College Quarantine Centre in Mutare.

19 returnees from NASSA hotel in Beitbridge are said to have escaped the 21-day mandatory quarantine.

Some returnees have complained about poor conditions at quarantine centers however, the government has said it is doing its best to ensure a comfortable stay.

Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe said some of the recent escapees were from Plumtree and Masvingo.

“Police and health authorities are looking for those who escaped from quarantine. They committed a crime by violating the lockdown regulations,” he said