MAPUTO, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 500 Mozambicans repatriated by South African authorities have returned to their home country, Mozambique's national radio station RM reported on Thursday.
This is the sixth group of returnees following the tightening up of COVID-19 prevention measures in South Africa, according to the report.
Most of them were in detention centers on the outskirts of Johannesburg after they were identified as illegal immigrants by authorities, said the report.
"In the operation, Mozambican citizens were transported in eight buses and four light vehicles, provided by the South African government," Maputo provincial health director Daniel Chemane told RM.
Chemane said all the repatriated citizens had been screened for the novel coronavirus.
The Maputo provincial health director said that conditions are being created for returnees to comply with the 14-day mandatory quarantine in their homes.
Since April, 1,381 Mozambicans have been repatriated by South Africa as the country tightened prevention measures against COVID-19. Enditem