Botswana on a 28 Day Lockdown to curd Spread of Covid-19

Botswana  has started a 28 days lockdown from April 2 midnight, with the intention of curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Following three confirmed cases of COVID 19 early this week, -,which have since gone up to 4, and one death, President Mokgweetsi Masisi declared a state of emergency and ordered the country to go into lockdown.

Masisi said the threat to Batswana has escalated as neighbouring countries continue to report increasing cases of COVID-19.

Masisi said he is concerned by the low rate of testing in the country especially after the influx of its citizens returning from high risk countries which now imposed lockdowns.

He says this prompted the decision to institute the 28 day lockdown from midnight.

Members of the public will be severely restricted in their movements and essential service workers will have to obtain permits from government.

A Covid-19 relief fund has also be established to provide psycho-social support which also includes measures to stabilise business and ensure availability of strategic supplies.

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