Mokgweetsi Masisi (Botswana President) on Tuesday declared an indefinite state of emergency effective after the Southern African country recorded its primary verified cases of coronavirus.
Botswana had emerged to be keeping the virus at bay. But, On Monday night, the country's health minister announced 3 people, who had traveled abroad, tested positive.
Masisi said the emergency would take effect at 12:01 am Thursday and was required because of the growing danger from the virus and the disease it causes - COVID-19.
"The return of some of our residents and citizens from high risk nations has also escalated the danger of the virus in our country. So, after consultations with the match stakeholders, it has become clear to me that it is necessary to declare a state of public emergency for the objective of taking right and stringent measures to address the dangers posed by the COVID-19 pandemic."
Masisi said during the state of the emergency people would not be permitted outside of their homes except for essential services, such as medicine and food.
The president said authorities would impose social distancing for at least twenty-eight days.
Botswana had been one of the few nations in Africa without a recorded case of COVID-19.
But on Monday evening, Lemogang Kwape (Health Minster) announced 3 people, who had traveled abroad, tested positive for the Covid-19.
"We have 3 Batswana who had tested positive for COVID-19. The 3 are 2 male and 1 female. They had travelled to the Thailand and UK. The three are kept in isolation at Sir Ketumile hospital and other safe locations. They are in best health."
Botswana to deport 500 Zimbabweans over virus measures
Botswana authorities are guessed to deport additional five hundred Zimbabwean nations over COVID-19 limitations imposed by the bordering country, country's domestic media reported Thursday.
Some five-hundred Zimbabwean nations will be deported from Botswana after experiencing hardships due to firm Covid-19 limitations imposed by authorities including a twenty-eight days lockdown and declaring a 6 month state of emergency, leaving a number of Zimbabweans without works and in serious hunger," the News Day site reported.
Botswana has to keep an eye on South Africa, which had recorded more than five-hundred COVID-10 cases as of Tuesday.
Anyway, the number of borders jumpers from South Africa and Botswana other neighbors is generally little.
The virus which was first detected in Wuhan, China late last year, has expand to least 185 countries and territories. It has killed more than 200,000 people and infected over 2.12 million so far.