Witnessing recent surge in the number of COVID-19 positive cases pertaining to the reopening of the economy, Botswana has decided to bring back a strict coronavirus lockdown in its capital city, Gaborone, and the surrounding areas.
The diamond-rich southern African country ended a 48-day national coronavirus lockdown in the end of May, allowing businesses and schools to reopen under controls. Despite the reopening, the country’s borders are still closed apart from for returning citizens and imports of essential goods.
Of the rising number of coronavirus cases, Malaki Tshipayagae, Botswana’s Director of Health Services, said, “We are still to determine whether the hospital cases are local transmissions… the greater Gaborone area will revert to extreme social distancing until further notice, where only essential services will be allowed to operate.”
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