Botswana president goes into coronavirus quarantine

Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi has quarantined himself after an official working closely with him tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The office of the president, in a release signed by its government communications permanent secretary, Andrew O. Sesinyi, made this known.

It went on to add that some other members of the president’s inner circle had been asked to self-isolate.

The government, has, however, thrown a word of caution to the general public to continue taking the necessary precautions to avert the spread of the virus.

As of July 2, 2020, Botswana had 227 confirmed cases, 28 people had also recovered and one had passed on.

Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi, declared an indefinite state of emergency effective after the southern African country recorded its first confirmed case on March 31, 2020.

The president had directed that during the state of emergency, people would not be allowed outside of their homes except for essential services, such as food and medicine.

The president also said the authorities would also enforce social distancing for at least 28 days.

Botswana’s National Assembly is expected to reconvene from a recess to decide the duration of the state of emergency.

The southern African country had been one of the few countries in Africa without a recorded case of COVID-19 till March 31 when it recorded three cases.

Find the statement to that effect

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