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Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi and all MPs put in quarantine

A health worker screening legislators for COVID-19 tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Gaborone — Botswana is putting its whole cabinet and MPs in quarantine following a health worker screening legislators for coronavirus was discovered to be infected with COVID-19.

The screening was carried out on cabinet members and MPs on Wednesday as they arrived at a meeting to review the request by President Mokgweetsi Masisi for an extended state of emergency.

All legislators, including the president, will go into quarantine from today, public health director Malaki Tshipayagae told legislators on Thursday, in comments broadcast on state television.

“You have to quarantine at home if you can or, if that’s not possible, we will find a location for you to be quarantined,” Tshipayagae said. “We will examine you on the 14th day and if you are negative, allow you to go out of quarantine.”

Botswana’s affirmed that the number of coronavirus cases had doubled in the past week to 13. Botswana’s constitution provides for a 21-day state of emergency, with parliamentary approval required for any more extended period.

MPs may vote on the extension later on Thursday.

 

 

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