Zimbabweans online have reacted with outrage and fury after the government announced new Covid-19 restrictions on Tuesday. The government announced that all visitors and returning residents will undergo a mandatory quarantine for 14 days at their own cost.
In a televised address, President Emmerson Mnangagwa also announced that all visitors will be forced to undergo a PCR test on arrival at the country’s ports of entry. The test costs US$60 and is mandatory for every visitor, including those who present a negative Covid-19 test certificate.
These new measures did not go down well with many Zimbabweans online who said they were planning to travel home or receive visitors for the Christmas holidays. Many even questioned the scientific basis of the mandatory quarantine and accused the government of implementing poorly thought policies.
Below are some reactions from Zimbabweans online
So you can go and drink beer with friends at a bar if fully vaccinated.
But you cant go home straight if fully vaccinated and with PCR negative result when entering the country
Ok. Makes perfect sense🙄
— Norman Matara (@drnmatara) November 30, 2021
Because the damage the West’s rash travel bans have done to our economy isn’t enough. We need our own rash decisions to inflict even more damage. https://t.co/OkgJ9l4zTC
— Ranga.🇿🇼 (@RangaMberi) November 30, 2021
You arrive in Zimbabwe vaccinated with a negative test. You then do a mandatory PCR test and are NEGATIVE again.
Then you go to a 14 days own cost hotel quarantine? I can’t believe these people.
— Adam Theo🇿🇼🏏 (@AdamTheofilatos) November 30, 2021
Is this scientific Nick? Zvaurikutaura apa hazvina both Science and sense mukati. I have to ask, how do you reach these decisions as gvt? There seems to be no logic applied in most of the decisions made.
We need new leaders https://t.co/8u05D8xA3v
— Magumbo (@MagumboLioness) December 1, 2021
Just when you thought Zim couldn't hurt its economy and citizens anymore https://t.co/GBfZFjCFnW
— Jono Hulley (@jono_hulley) November 30, 2021
The quarantine measure will destroy the tourism industry.
No tourist will travel to a place where they have to quarantine for 14 days first.
There will be less foreign exchange in circulation because Zimbabweans living abroad are canceling their flights.
So the rate won’t dip! pic.twitter.com/Zl5ZEkuU4Y
— Hopewell Chin’ono (@daddyhope) December 1, 2021
Is mandatory quarantine not similar to banning flights?. Who wants to visit then spend 7-14 days in quarantine? #Asakhe.
— Zenzele (@zenzele) November 30, 2021
If everyone is getting a test at the point of entry in addition to the test they need to come here, what's the point of the mandatory quarantine? Did y'all even think this through? Also, why was this announced if the comprehensive statement isn't ready yet? https://t.co/CmSTw2Rcfl
— Tichaona Chitsinde (@TiChitsinde) November 30, 2021
Having fools make policy decisions is very expensive.
Many people had bought tickets to travel home for holidays. After at least a year away many won't be home for two weeks. If you have mandatory quarantine for those without symptoms too, then why is testing necessary? Idiots
— Gift Murapa #RegisterToVote2023 (@MurapaG) November 30, 2021
The UK and US were racists in shutting Southern Africa out… what about this? Shutting natives out…vaccinated…PCR tested… https://t.co/3l2KdLvEAO
— Elias Mambo🇿🇼🇲🇼 (@elias_mambo) November 30, 2021